Gizo hospital in the Western province will be open for urgent surgery as of Monday 16th January until Friday 27th January 2017.
This is to try and help deal with extra burden placed on surgeons in the Solomon Islands with the recent unexpected leave of two surgeons, a statement from the not-for-profit organisation ‘Doctors Assisting In Solomon Islands’ (DAISI) said.
The statement said, a team of 8 Australian surgeons and one Solomon Islands surgeon and four anaesthetists will screen patients and operate during the two weeks tour with general, plastics, burns, colorectal, breast, thyroid and otolaryngology surgeons available.
“Suitable cases include burns & tendon injury, hernias, lumps, tumours, bowel cancer, thyroid goitre, head and neck or parotid tumours, anal conditions (haemorrhoids, fissure etc) gallbladder and throat conditions.
“Gastroscopy and colonoscopy is also available to anyone with GI bleeding or anaemia. Laparoscopic key-hole surgery is also being introduced to aid the diagnosis of vague abdominal complaints and allow abdominal surgery to be performed through small incisions allowing quicker recovery,” the statement said.
The service is free of charge and is a combined initiative of the Solomon Islands Ministry for Health and the not-for-profit organisation “Doctors Assisting In Solomon Islands” (DAISI).
Dr Rooney Jagilly – Medical Superintendent at National Referral Hospital and Ministry for Health Under Secretary Dr Greg Jilini have both been pivotal in planning and organising these visits.
This represents one of thirteen such visits by DAISI volunteers scheduled for next year involving over 50 volunteer doctors.
“If you are someone with a surgical condition needing surgery, we suggest you present for assessment to Gizo hospital at 8am on Monday 16th January 2017.
“We recommend you present fasted so that if necessary immediate surgery can be offered. Screening will also continue to occur week days each morning from 8am until 9am between 16th-27th January 2017.”