MaryCare Hosts Second Medical Mission to Nigeria
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
For many years, the people of Ejemekwuru and their surrounding neighbors, did not have access to essential health services until volunteer doctors and nurses from MaryCare USA traveled to this location to participate in the first medical mission in the area. Six hundred patients were given medical care for the first time ever. Prior to that medical mission, the people suffered from unmet health issues which resulted in deaths from malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, childbirth, and many other preventable and treatable diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), everyday 16,000 children die before their 5th birthday and the leading causes of death include malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. This is a direct result to limited or no access to proper health care services. (WHO, 2017)
Medical Mission To MaryCare Clinic in Ejemekwuru, Imo State, Nigeria
Responding to the overwhelming suffering and loss of lives due to lack of medical care access, MaryCare built a modest health center in Ejemekwuru with three rooms, one ward (for 4 beds) and an open reception area for outpatient care. The physical structure is completed, and the facility was officially opened on January 12, 2016.
MaryCare Has Proven How Far So Little Can Go
Since we opened our doors, the MaryCare Health Center has administered life-changing care for thousands in Ejemekwuru and its surrounding towns.
The health center receives 70 to 100 patients each week. Of the cases seen, the center has treated a host of chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, peptic ulcers, Malaria, typhoid, strokes, diabetic foot ulcers, cellulitis, and respiratory tract infections among many more health conditions and diseases .
Staff and Service
The MaryCare Health Center in Ejemiekwuru is staffed by two highly qualified and experienced nurses, one doctor who visits every Thursday (clinic day) from 9 PM to 4PM, one nurse’s aide, one domestic staff, and the director of operations. It currently has treated over 4,000 registered patients, including more than seven hundred children.
ABOUT MARYCARE INC.
MaryCare is a legally registered and exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the U.S., founded by New Englanders Wallace and Anne Bates in 1986. MaryCare works tirelessly to help the underserved break the cycle of poverty in marginalized and isolated communities around the world and bring quality healthcare to people who could not otherwise afford it.