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19th Mission NIGERIA

On the 7th of February 2016, a three member team of `Heart Doctors` travelled to Nigeria. The purpose of the mission was the medical attendance of the people in regions of the State of Adamawa, following an invitation of the local governor Sen. Mohamed Bindow Jibrilla. The villages near the border with Cameroon had been occupied for some time by the Islamic extremist organization Boko-Haram, and suffered of considerable damage and loss of human lives. The region had been freed recently by the army.

The members were welcomed at the airport of Abuja by a representative of the government protocol and the Health Commissioner of Adamawa State Dr. Fatima Atiku Abubakar.

Next day the team traveled to Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, and met the governor of the State and other health officials. The governor expressed his sincere appreciation for the presence of Heart Doctors in his State.

Next day the team moved to the town Mubi, near the Cameroonian borders, which had been occupied by the terrorists. We were informed that many innocent people, men and women, had been killed for no reason, and many children walked alone on the streets without parents with nowhere to go. Following the necessary protocol visit to the traditional King of the region, the team reached the General Hospital, to set-up conditions for the attendance of the sick. The team worked there in the afternoon and the next two days.

At this time the team members were invited to speak to students at the local University; two members of the team addressed a large crowd of students of different disciplines, referring mostly to spiritual and educational matters.

A large number of sick people were attended for three days in the outpatients examination room, with the help of nurses for interpretation. Most common health problems were epigastric pain (due to the sharp additives to food like pepper), gastroenteritis, hypertension (which was affected by the use of salty foods), joint pains, eye problems, infections of the respiratory and urogenital tracts, diabetes, and malaria.

On the 12th of February, the team moved to Ganye town; after a visit to the traditional King, the team reached the town General Hospital where a large number of sick people were waiting to be attended. The conditions were set for work and consultations started right away. During the next two days a large number of sick people were attended having similar problems with the inhabitants already attended.

On the 15th of February, the team visited the governor of Yola, who expressed his gratefulness for our work in the two towns and the nearby villages.

Next morning the team returned to Abuja and visited the Greek Ambassador there. Then it went to the Presidential Palace and was received by the President of the country, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari. The President was informed by the team of its activities in the State of Adamawa and its impressions about the health condition of the inhabitants in the region. The President expressed his appreciation to Heart Doctors for their humanitarian work in Adamawa State.

The team returned to Athens on the 17th of March.

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