A team of seven plastic surgeons and two anaesthesiologists from the city will soon leave for Rwanda to operate on over 150 survivors of the mass genocide of 1994.
Set to reach Kigali – the Rwandian capital by September 29,the team of doctors will work in the University Central Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) for 10 days.
The doctors,mainly private practitioners,are being sent by the Rotary Club Of Chandigarh and would be performing surgeries on genocide victims with highly mutilated bodies.
Rwanda has had a difficult past. There are a lot of people who still have deep scars of the genocide not only on their minds and hearts but also their bodies. Many had survived the killings but had been maimed. This Rotary project comes as a significant measure,said Earnest Rwanucyo,High Commissioner of Rwanda to India.
Victims with severe appearance injuries,who have been referred for further medical assistance to other countries by the Rwandian doctors,but cannot afford the foreign treatment have been chosen by the Rotary Club for the free surgeries.
This is not only the biggest charitable aid in the field of health being sent from India but also one of the most substantial assistance from foreign supporters, added Rwanucyo,who was on a visit to the city.
Earlier this year,14 children from the African country,suffering from cardiac diseases were treated here as a part of the Rotary Heartline Project.
While,this is the first time the Rotary Club is sending a team to Rwanda,similar efforts have been made in the past for Uganda,Zambia and Nigeria.
The team,led by Dr P.S Chari,former Head of Plastic Surgery,Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will also consist of volunteers from the Rotary Club.