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US doctors treat 147 LRA war victims

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st November 2010 03:00 AM

A team of 34 medical workers from Medical Mission Foundation in the US on Friday ended a one-week surgery camp in Gulu district for the victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war.

A team of 34 medical workers from Medical Mission Foundation in the US on Friday ended a one-week surgery camp in Gulu district for the victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war.

By Chris Ocowun

A team of 34 medical workers from Medical Mission Foundation in the US on Friday ended a one-week surgery camp in Gulu district for the victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war.

“This team conducted 147 surgeries at Lacor and Gulu hospitals and treated 1,109 patients at Awach Health Centre IV. In Lacor, we also left two machines that help patients in breathing,” said Dr. Tom Spiegel, the team leader.

He said most of the surgeries were conducted on heads, mouths, noses, ears, hernia and cleft lips.

The team also donated assorted medicines and other supplies to Lacor and Gulu hospitals.

“We hope to come back again next year,” Spiegel said.

He was speaking on Friday at a dinner at the end of the surgery camp at Aswa MP Reagan Okumu’s home in Bucoro village in Awach sub-county in Gulu district.

Okumu said: “You sacrificed your resources and money to come and provide free treatment to our people. What you did using your own medicines, equipment and transport is tremendous. While the American people are supporting us to recover from the war, the American government also supported us to bring peace in the north.”

He hailed the team for giving $10,000 (about sh23m) for fencing Awach Health Centre IV.

Okumu provided 98 acres of land to Father Tony Wach from the US to establish Ocer Campion Jesuit College at Ocer village in Unyama sub-county to help bright disadvantaged children.

The MP said the college is meant to attract Congolese and Sudanese children, who also suffered from wars.


US doctors treat 147 LRA war victims

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