Volunteers from Küresel Doktorlar (Global Doctors), which is composed of 118 Turkish health organizations, performed a number of surgeries in the Central African Republic (CAR) during Eid al-Adha (the Eid al-Adha 2015 began in the evening of Wednesday, September 23 and ended in the evening of Thursday, September 24) and donated medical supplies.
A total of 11 doctors, including a general surgeon, a pediatrician, a family physician, a dental surgeon, an ophthalmologist, a cardiologist, an anesthesiologist and a gynecologist, performed several surgeries, mostly for cataracts and circumcision.
The group arrived in CAR before Eid al-Adha and stayed there throughout the eid holiday. Apart from performing surgeries, the doctors also gave medical supplies and devices to local doctors as well as training them to use the equipment.
Saim Şendil, one of the attending physicians who performed circumcision surgeries in CAR, said: “We have performed a number of surgeries in the Central African Republic. This country is one of those with the worst financial circumstances in Africa. We gave the medical supplies and equipment that we brought with us to the doctors working in the Central African Republic as donations.”
Şendil noted that this was the second time they had brought medical services to the country. “They [citizens of CAR] appreciated the medical services we provided before, and they requested another visit from us. Thus, we visited them again for cataract and circumcision surgeries. We wanted to do more surgeries, but people were afraid to leave their houses due to internal conflicts in the area. Nevertheless, we were pleased to have contributed to their medical services,” Şendil added.