AN UNSPECIFIED number of United States medical specialists are expected in the country in October to perform corrective surgeries on local patients at Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) also known as Tsepong.
This was said by the hospital’s public relations officer Mothepane Thahane in a recent interview with the Sunday Express.
The surgeries are meant to correct congenital deformities and other forms of bodily defects.
The surgeons are expected to start surgical procedures on 16 and end on 25 October 2018 and patients in need of surgery are expected to register at the S-Out Patient Department (SOPD). The registration is meant to establish what form of surgery would be required for the patients.
Ms Thahane said people with burn contractures, open wounds, cleft lip and palate and those who need reconstructive surgeries were also likely to be assisted. She said the surgeries would be conducted for free at the hospital and the government will take care of the costs.
Ms Thahane also said that they chose to engage specialists from the US since they would bring their own surgical equipment.
“Our challenge is that we do have the necessary equipment to perform such surgeries and the specialists from the US come fully equipped,” Ms Thahane said.
“This is also one of the reasons for which we have asked for the patients to register at the SOPD so that the doctors can bring all the necessary equipment.
“However, after the doctors leave, we will conduct follow-ups on the patients because we have the expertise.”
For her part, ministry of Health director general Nyane Letsie said they have already sent out the message through district hospitals where they expect the patients to be identified.
Dr Letsie said they are also working to ensure that the less fortunate patients get assistance when the specialists jet in.
“I am sure that if the procedures were easily accessible and cheaper, then every individual who is in need of a reconstructive surgery would already have gone through it without hesitation hence we encourage those who need it to grab the opportunity,” Dr Letsie said.