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20th Mission NIGERIA

On the 6th of April 2016, a four member team of `Heart Doctors` departed for Abuja through Istanbul. The purpose of the mission was o offer medical attendance to people in remote regions of Niger State that State is the largest in Nigeria. The local preparation of the mission was undertaken by the old friend of Heart Doctors Mr. Umaro Tanko Kuta in cooperation with the Governor of Niger State Mr. Abubakar Sani Bello.

The members of the mission were welcomed upon their arrival at the Airport of Abuja by a representative of the Governor ; then they were led to Minna, the capital of Niger State and settled at an hotel of the capital as guests of the Governor.

On the 7th of April, the team first met the Governor of the State, who welcomed them and thanked warmly for Heart Doctors medical care relief to the people of Niger State for many years. After that meeting the mission moved by car to the village of Sabon Daga (3 hours drive from Minna) where many patients were examined and given the proper medication.

On the 8th of April, the team moved to the village Anguwan Makama (2 hours drive from Minna) and received at the dispensary large numbers of local patients.
On the 9th of April, the team reached Doko village (region of Agaba), after a car drive of 2.5 hours. Heart Doctors first met the local traditional Leader (Chief). Hundreds of sick people gathered at the Doko Basic Health Center; they were examined medically and given the necessary medicines. Among other illnesses, diabetes, hypertension and tuberculosis were observed.

On the 10th of April, the mission members visited Galapai ( 2.5 hours drive).The dispensary was organized in the open air, under a big mango tree, because there was no proper building at that community.

On the 11th of April, the team reached the village Gulu and worked at the Gulu Vasta Basic Health Center (3 hours drive from Minna).There, the crowd of women was very agitated and caused a lot of noise.

On the 12th of April, Heart Doctors visited Baidna (one hours drive from Minna). Schistosomiasis was observed in many people. Most of the families in that village had 8 to 10 children or more.

On the 13th of April, the team worked at Garuso, a village in the suburbs of Minna.

More frequent were the following health problems: lower back pains, hypertension, diabetes, arthralgias, skin diseases, gastroenteritis, bronchitis and malaria few cases.

Heart Doctors transported from Athens for the needs of the mission 7 large bags full o medicines. They also transported second hand external fixation sets for bone fractures which were offered to Heart Doctors by the Orthopedic Clinic of the Hellenic Red Cross General Hospital in Athens, to be used in Nigeria for the victims of attacks by Boko-Haram Islamic extremists in Eastern Nigeria. The team delivered the sets to the Governor of Niger State, for proper use.

The members of the mission were back in Athens on the 14th of April 2016.

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