Mercy ship, a humanitarian hospital vessel which arrived Cameroon on August 16, is set to receive some 5000 patients.
During the ship ten months stay in the country, its four hundred medical personnels are expected to perform close to 4,000 free surgeries and work towards improving the healthcare-providing capacity of the country through training and mentoring.
According to the World Health Organization, 48% of Cameroon’s population still live below the poverty line and the country’s healthcare system is still wanting.
For ten months, the team conduct surgical procedures which span from correcting maxillofacial deformities, reconstructive plastic surgery, corrections to vision impairments, obstetric fistula, orthopaedic surgery and dental treatments. Other work will include palliative care and training courses in surgical skills, obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia, trauma care, pain management and more
Some hospitals had been earlier identified to provide assistance to patients in convalescence. Some two hundred meters of space had also been created for the ships activities.