Providing medical care in unfamiliar settings; experience of an Egyptian campaign in Uganda.
Bottom Line: Over two hundred cases were screened in the outpatient clinic.Eighty nine operations were done in four days.Training doctors from sub-Saharan African nations should be on the top of the agenda of the international medical community in order to reach a definitive solution for their health problems.
Affiliation: Faculty of medicine, Cairo University, Egypt.
Medical service in many African countries is affected by the limited infrastructure and the lack of economic and human potentials. Uganda is one the countries that suffers from lack of physicians as well as shortage of many medical facilities with many endemic health problems such as Goiter. A surgical camp was done by an Egyptian team of 8 physicians; three general surgeons, one pediatric surgeon, two gynecologists and one anesthetist. Over two hundred cases were screened in the outpatient clinic. Eighty nine operations were done in four days. General surgery procedures were 45 operations (50%), Pediatric procedures were 23 operations (26%) and Gynecological operations were 21 operations (24%) In conclusion Humanitarian relief for poor population in the developing world countries needs vigilant international collaboration. Special attention should be given to goiter in African countries. Training doctors from sub-Saharan African nations should be on the top of the agenda of the international medical community in order to reach a definitive solution for their health problems.
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Mentions: Endemic health problems in Uganda: Goiter is a major health problem in many African countries including Uganda due to environmental and nutritional factors. Prevalence of goiter (Figure 1) reached 30% in some areas due to dietary iodine and selenium deficiency [2, 3]. Also uterine fibroid (Figure 2) is another common health problem among the Africans [4, 5]. Thus most cases managed during our short camp were focused on these two disorders (Goiter and uterine fibroid) in addition to pediatric cases