Chief Medical Officer of the Linden Hospital complex, Dr Farouk Riyastat, said yesterday, that he was very happy to have Dr Stephen Carryl and his medical team from the USA, at the institution helping to clear up the backlog of surgical cases.
Dr Riyastat said that the hardworking team of visiting doctors has done nine major surgeries so far. They have been working from eight in the mornings until after ten at nights, he said.
He said that on average about five surgeries are done per day, most of which are hysterectomies and gynecological surgeries.
Dr Riyastat noted that most of the cases were booked for surgeries since the medical ship, the USS Comfort was here last year, but out of a possible seventy of those, only 14 persons were fortunate to have their cases attended to.
President of the Overseas Medical Assistance team and General Surgeon, Dr Stephen Carryl, who was responsible for bringing the team of doctors, said that he was very happy to be assisting. He however said that he was surprised at the size of some of the fibroids, some of which gave the impression of pregnancy.
Dr Carryl, a Lindener, and old student of the Wismar/Christianburg Secondary School, who migrated to the US many years ago, said that he started his mission to give back to the place of his birth in 1991. He has been returning ever since.
Students from his alma mater have also been given free eye testing and those that require spectacles will be provided with one, free of cost. Fifteen students are tested everyday. The medical mission concludes tomorrow.
Dr Carryl’s team includes an Ophthalmologist, Anaestheoligist, and a surgical nurse.
He said that he would soon be broadening his scope of services to include other health personnel.
He said that he looks forward to working in the soon to be commissioned New Linden Hospital Complex.
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