Japanese medical volunteers commence free Clip Palate surgery in Gambia

Monday, January 08, 2018

A team of three men – Japanese volunteer medical doctors are currently in The Gambia offering free Clip Palate operation at the Serekunda General Hospital in Kanifing.

The coming of the Japanese medical doctors which is headed by Dr. Tanaka Katsuyuki to the country to offer such assistance is facilitated by The Gambian Honorary Consul in Japan, Mrs. Bintou Kujabi-Jallow, a Gambian based in Japan.

She said that the medical volunteers have started the operation on patients with Clip Palate difficulties since Jan. 2, 2018 and they are expected to complete their work in The Gambia on 12 January 2018 at the Serekunda General Hospital.

She noted that the aim of the mission was to support Gambians who are experiencing difficulties with Clip Palate, adding anyone who wants to be operated on can liaise with the Management of Serekunda General Hospital so as to get these services.

She pointed out that this is the first visit of the Japanese medical volunteers in The Gambia but plans are also in the pipeline to bring other specialists in different fields to offer free medical services in the country.

Amadou W. Jallow, country coordinator and personal assistant of the Gambian consulate office in Japan, said this is a great opportunity for Gambian’s to make best use of the services of the doctors.

He pointed out the partnership between the medical volunteers and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will be extended to other hospitals in The Gambia both public and private in the country.

Dr. Tanaka Katsuyuki, head of the surgeons described the Clip Palate surgery that has been done so far as successful, noting that they are expecting to conduct more surgeries before the team’s departure on Jan. 12, 2018.

He thanked Bintou Kujubi-Jallow, the minister of Health and Social Welfare Saffie Lowe Ceesay, the management of Serekunda General Hospital and Amadou W. Jallow for their support to the Medical team since their arrival in the country.