Led by Founder/President, Dr. Allan Gathercoal and his wife Liz Marcela, the team of medical doctors, dentists and other specialists have been in Solomon Islands since July 25 when the main team arrived in Honiara.
An advanced team arrived in the
country on July 18.
A NCRA Government spokesman,
Alfred Sasako said due to lack of medical equipment at Atoifi Hospital, the
initial destination for the visit, the team of 17 had to split into two groups
with three surgeons working from the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.
The three ENT (Ear, Nose and
Throat) specialists performed more than 20 major surgeries.
The rest of the team traveled to
Atoifi Hospital in East Kwaio on Wednesday last week and returned to Honiara
Mr Sasako said the team that
worked out of Atoifi Hospital also conducted outreach programs to Nafinua
Health Centre in the north and Sinarangu and Oloburi in the south.
During their time there, some
1,400 medical cases were attended to as well as up to an estimated 1, 000
Four local doctors including
dentists from the National Referral Hospital accompanied the team.
Mr Sasako said the Flying Doctors
of America were overwhelmed by what they saw but they did great in attending to
so many cases in such a short time.
“As someone who’s been very much
part of the arrangement to bring the medical team from the United States to
Solomon Islands, I am particularly proud that so many people had an opportunity
to see a doctor right at their doorstep.
“On behalf of the people of East
Malaita, including those who came from as far away as East Are Are and East
Fataleka, I would like to record my appreciation to the Solomon Islands
Government and as well as others who helped make the visit possible.
“In particular, I would like to
thank the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Solomon Airlines, the
Heritage Park Hotel as well as the staff of Atoifi Adventist Hospital.
“They have done more than their
call of duty,” he said.
Mr Sasako also thanked the Flying
Doctors of America under Dr. Gathercoal’s excellent leadership as well as his
wife, Liz Marcela who has done a great job in coordinating arrangements with
local staff, particularly at Atoifi Hospital.
“I would like to thank every member of the visiting Team for their contribution to the success of the mission. Except for the people’s demand to see more of such visits in the future, I have heard no complaints whatsoever,” Alfred said.
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