Interplast Medical Team Arrives in [Archives:1997/40/Local News]

October 6 1997

A Dutch medical team from Interplast-Holland arrived here yesterday, Sunday, October 5th. “The team consists of 3 surgeons, one anesthetist, and one operation assistant,” said Dr. Piet van den Akker, the person who had initiated the visit. The surgeons will perform reconstructive operations in Al-Thawra, Sabeen and Kuwait hospitals in Sanaa; as well as in hospitals in Hodeidah, Taiz, and Aden. He added that “of 600 patients who had registered, some 300 with urgent and complicated cases will be treated.” The medical team will stay for two weeks only (until 19th October). Patients with congenital deformities, and skin disorders due to burns and/or accidents will undergo corrective operations. Priority will be given to cases of children. “The operations will free of charge,” announced Dr. van Akker. The trip is being financed through specially-reduced fares by KLM and financial support from the Netherlands Embassy. While performing, the Dutch doctors will invite Yemeni doctors to watch and learn so that they can improve their skill in the service of patients.