By Amin Kef (Ranger)
Choithram Memorial Hospital, one of Sierra Leone’s premier medical facilities, is set to launch a free surgical camp from January 9 to January 23, 2024. The initiative, led by Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Germany, Dr. M. L. Baryoh, is in collaboration with Interplast Germany.
The hospital’s Management has confirmed a team of experienced German plastic surgeons will provide free consultations and treatments. The team has been making annual visits to Sierra Leone since 2010, performing surgeries at no cost to patients. Dr. Eric Wongo, a plastic surgeon, will coordinate the camp.
Choithram Memorial Hospital has a history of hosting similar events, aiming to provide individuals who could not afford the official costs with access to quality medical treatments.
Patients suffering from post-burn contractures, hand, feet, or wrist disorders or deformities, hand and feet tumors, and cleft lip and palate are among those who can benefit from the free services.
The German team comprises eight specialists, including Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lutz Gruhl, Hand/Trauma Surgeon Dr. Bernd Heidemann, Anesthetists Dr. Olaf Weigt and Dr. Karolina Lischka, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Franziska von Sievers, Anesthetic Nurses Mr. Nikolaus Brunner and Mrs. Andrea Schmidt, and Physiotherapist Mrs. Monika Schäfer.
Dr. Gowrinath M. George, the Medical Superintendent of Choithram Memorial Hospital, praised Dr. Baryoh’s efforts, stating the camp would not have been possible without his dedication and hard work.
In addition to the camp, the hospital announced the installation of a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, set to be operational by the first week of January 2024.
The Chief Administrator of Choithram Group, Harish Agnani, emphasized the hospital’s vision of providing quality medical treatment for all, regardless of their socio-economic status.
Patients interested in benefiting from these services can contact the hospital at +23276541331 for registration or visit the hospital in Freetown. Registration is open from December 8, 2023, to December 19, 2023.