A medical team arrived today in Belize from Ohio to conduct a series of surgeries. The team of sixteen members begins screening as of tomorrow at the Northern Regional Hospital. According to Jennifer Longo, the team normally comes in February each year with a little over thirty persons. In this trip, Longo says they are hoping to be able to reach out to as many persons as possible.
“We are here for a surgical mission from Cincinnati Ohio and we have plastic and ENT. We get follow ups, we see patients many years, about eight years we still have patients that we see and new patients. We hope to accomplish three days of surgery and my goal is seventy five patients so we will see how it goes.”
The team is expecting a great turnout for this trip and already they have one hundred eleven patients registered. According to Longo, the demand for corrective surgery has been constant especially for cleft lips and pallets. All surgeries are free of cost. This afternoon when the team arrived in Orange Walk, they made a stop at the La Inmaculada Credit Union where the financial institution representatives handed over a tent to the Visiting Team Coordinator of the Northern Regional Hospital, Lupe Ack.
The LICU made the donation under the Small Scale Enterprise Development in Agriculture and Tourism, SSEDAT program. Representatives of the LICU say that as part of the program, they will hand out donations to none governmental organizations as part of a holistic approach to marketing and visibility of these organizations. The NRH is the first to receive such donation. The LICU will also be donating a banner to the NGO.
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