Chiradzulu District Hospital will from April 8 to 12 this year conduct a surgical camp with sixteen doctors from Singapore.
Speaking in an interview on Thursday clinical officer Prescott Kamtsitsi said the doctors are expected to operate on 150 to 200 patients with different surgical problems.
“We planned to assist 150 to 200 surgical patients, but our colleagues from Singapore have asked for 300 patients. We may reach 300 as some operations will be minor with no need for admission,” he said.
Kamtsitsi said doctors from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Quech)will also be available during the camp and those requiring special care will be referred to Quech after surgery.
He said people staying close to the district hospital are requested to go for screening while those close to health centres will be visited by doctors on set dates.
The doctors are expected to help patients with diabetes, heart, dental, eye and skin problems, fibroids, cleft lips and mental issues.
Amitofo Care Centre, which is coordinating the visit, said this is not the frst time for specialist doctors from Singapore to conduct camps in Malawi.
“The difference is that this time around, they are coming in a bigger group. They have been to Mulanje and Zomba before,” said Fred Magombo, social worker at Amitofo Care Centre.
The specialists, who will include dentists, dermatologist, surgeon, medical practitioners, obstetrician and gynaecologists, will be hosted at the centre at Mapanga in Limbe. n