Catherine Anyango is a 29 year old tailor who hails from Siranga area, Ukwala town, Ugenya sub-county, Siaya County. She recently underwent a herniorrhaphy procedure during the surgical camp at the Bondo Sub-County hospital organized by Matibabu Foundation who sourced for gynecologists and general surgeons from the US courtesy of Tiba Foundation (USA)
Catherine had been suffering from a Hernia complication for 3 years and she urgently needed a herniorrhaphy as the condition had become extreme. A herniorrhaphy refers to the surgical repair of a hernia, in which a surgeon repairs the weakness in your abdominal wall. A hernia occurs when a weak area in the muscles of your abdominal wall allows an internal part of your body to push through.
“The pains became extreme last year so I decided to seek medical advice at the Siaya Sub-County hospital. After some x-rays it was discovered that I had hernia and needed surgery as soon as possible. I wanted to go for it but was scared. I opted not to go for it hoping that one day ill wake up healed. narrated Catherine.
On hearing an advert on radio about the surgical camp that offered the services at subsidized rate, Catherine decided it was time to do away with the pain and went for screening at the camp.
“I heard on radio about the camp with visiting expert surgeons and knew that was the beginning of the end of my problems. I had a lot of trust in the surgeons and the kind of services I received actually surpassed my expectations. Am very grateful to the coordinators of the camp and the visiting surgeons for this humble initiative and encourage them to continue helping Kenyans with various conditions.” concluded Catherine.
Catherine said that he was well treated by the staff at the facility and would readily recommend Surgery in the surgical camps to anyone in need.
HOPE AT LAST
Peter Ciala is a 56 year old farmer who hails from Tingare area, Ugenya constituency, Siaya County. Peter recalls of 8 years of not being able to work in his farm due to pains caused by an inguinal hernia condition. He has tried many times to seek medical help but his efforts have always ended in vain since he had never been able to afford the service.
An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.
“I had given up on my quest to seek medical help since I always ended up disappointed until one day I heard a radio announcement of a surgical camp that would offer general surgical procedures at a subsidized rate. I waited anxiously for the first day of the camp hoping for nothing but the best.” explained Peter.
Peter was one of the hundreds of patients who flocked Bondo Sub-County hospital for screening on the 24th of September 2018, the first day of the 5 day surgical camp. The camp was a partnership between Matibabu foundation, Tiba Foundation (USA) and the county government of Siaya-Health department.
“I am happy with the services I received from the doctors at the camp. The doctors give maximum concentration on their work and there’s no blood or pain after the procedures like most people claim. I urge this partnership to organize more camps to help more Kenyans who suffer from various ailments and cannot access or afford medication. Says Peter
HOW MY LIFE WAS TRANSFORMED IN A PROFOUND WAY.
36 Year old Yunia Kusa is a business lady and farmer in Ugunja town, Siaya County. She tells us of discomfort sleepless nights and inability to work due to severe pains in the lower abdomen. At one point, she assumed the condition was caused by the heavy work she was doing but even after slowing down on her work the pains and discomfort persisted. She decided to seek medical advice.
“The doctors could not detect my problem and sent me for investigation. I visited Matibabu Ugunja clinic which was the nearest hospital with x-ray services. The results showed I had ovarian cysts and required immediate surgery. Fortunately my husband who works in the same building as the clinic had heard of an upcoming surgical camp that Matibabu was partnering with Tiba Foundation (USA) and the county government of Siaya. We decided to wait for the camp to seek help.” narrates Yunia.
Yunia had developed ovarian cysts-fluid filled sacs or pockets in an ovary or on its surface. They often develop naturally in women who have monthly periods. They can also affect women who have been through the menopause. Fortunately for Yunia the camp had visiting expert gynecologists and her case was booked and a procedure performed on her.
“I have not experienced any pain or reoccurrences of the problem after the surgery. I am now living a comfortable life apart from minor manageable stomach aches which stopped after some time. This initiative by Matibabu Foundation and its partners is life changing and personally, I am proud of their dedication and especially the way they are assisting Kenyans who could not afford the various procedures they need.” Says Yunia.