HUNDREDS of people in Ghana are set to benefit from the expertise and dedication of Leighton Hospital medical staff.
The team, led by consultant vascular surgeon Magdi Hanafy, will be taking part in Operation Hernia – a programme organised by the European Hernia Society and the Plymouth-Takoradi (Ghana) Link, specifically to treat and teach groin hernia surgery in the western region of the African country.
Hernia operations are the most common operations performed on men in the UK, but in Ghana and other African countries there is a shortage of people with the expertise to carry out the ops.
Mr Hanafy explained: “Most of the patients are fishermen and farmers. Without treatment, they may suffer permanent disability, often affecting their capacity to work.”
Mr Hanafy and his team will fly out on November 28 supported by Winsford GP Dr John Kerslake. It is the first trip to the area for all the team, which hopes to train the local medical staff .