Over 200 hernia patients resident in Lagos and other states of the federation have benefited from the free surgery conducted recently by Sonowo Hospital in the Agege area of the state.
The patients, among who were men, women and children of various ages, were beneficiaries of a give-back initiative of Sonowo Hospital, pioneered by its Medical Director, Dr. Samson I Sonowo. The hospital, under the medical director, carried out a similar surgery on 100 patients last year.
Speaking to journalists recently at a post-surgery press conference, Dr. Sonowo and his partner, Dr. Nwazuruokeh Humphrey of the St. Anthony of Padua Medical Centre, Awodiora, Ajeromi, Lagos State, who formed the medical team for the surgery, said they recorded 100 per cent success rate.
According to them, they employed various mediums of information dissemination to announce the free surgery exercise, and that they were surprised that many people had the health challenge but decided, in ignorance, to keep quiet.
“Many people have the challenge, but decided to live with it in the fear that the surgery cost would be beyond their poor economic reach. That is why we have chosen to give it free, especially to poor and indigent Nigerians who we are able to confirm their indigent status through our own in-house mechanism,” Dr. Sonowo said.
Some of the beneficiaries, like one Mr. Johnson Olowo, Mrs. Ifeoma Igwe, Mr. Godwin Tom, Mr. Peter Akpan and Shamsudeen Liasu, who benefited from the first edition last year and those who came up for the first time, praised Dr. Sonowo’s for his kind gesture.
According to one woman, Sonowo was “God sent to our community.”