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22nd Mission NIGERIA

On the 7th of November 2016, a three member team of Heart Doctors departed from Athens and traveled to Abuja through Istanbul. The purpose of the mission was to meet the four member team of Heart Doctors already working in Nassarawa State, Nigeria, and offer together medical services to Niger State. The three members of the team carried with them 42 sterilized second hand external fixation sets to offer them to Nigerian hospitals to treat victims of atrocities caused by the Islamic extremist Boko Haram organization. The same team brought with them sheets, pillows and pillow cases for the Medical Center Heart Doctors had constructed in Galapai-Shiroro;

The local coordination of the mission was undertaken by the old friend of Heart Doctors Hon. Umaro Tanko Kouta and the services of Niger State governor Hon. Abubakar Sani Bello.

The unified team of 7 persons were guests of the Governor and stayed at the Guest House of the Government in Minna.

On the 8th of November, the team first met the Governor of Niger State, who thanked warmly for their free medical care relief to the people of Niger State and the construction of the Medical Center at Galapai-Shiroro. Then the mission visited Lafiya Krada, of the local government area Lapai and worked there treating the sick people who gathered there.

On the 9th of November, the team moved to Tafa local government Area and worked there.

On the 10th of November, the team moved to Shiroro and treated patients who gathered in Galapai clinic. On that day the Medical Center constructed by Heart Doctors was inaugurated by the Health Commissioner Dr. Mustapha Jibill. Officials were present and many crowds participated; The ceremony was traditional with dancing, singing and merrymaking. Hear Doctors distributed packed rice to poor families and decided to finance the opening of two wells to secure the water supply needed for the proper functioning of the Medical Center.

On the 11th and 12th of November, the team worked in Bosso and Mariga respectively.

On the 13th and 14th of November, the team visited and worked in Gurara (Marige clinic) and Chanchaga respectively.

Frequent were the following health problems: malaria, gastroenteritis, infections of the respiratory system, lower back pains, parasites, hypertension, arthralgias, skin diseases, infections of the urinary system, heart diseases.

Heart Doctors transported from Athens, for the purposes of the mission, 10 bags containing medicines. The sterilized external fixation sets were given to the representative of the Governor to allocate them to the appropriate hospitals.

The team returned to Athens on the 15th of November, 2016.

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