More than 135 people in the Upper East Region who have suffered various forms of defects are undergoing free plastic surgery at the regional hospital to correct the deformities.
The gesture is organized by an international charitable organization known as Restoring Emotional Stability Through Outstanding Reconstructive Efforts (RESTORE).
RESTORE under its founder, Dr. Michael Kwame Obeng has been organizing this free surgery yearly across the country for persons who could not afford to correct various forms of deformities suffered either by accident or by birth.
This year, under the leadership of Deputy Director of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, Dr. Nadia Adongo Musah who is a native of the Upper East Region, the team of medical officers have extended the service to the region for people who are in dire need of plastic surgery but cannot afford to the cost.
Dr. Nadia Adongo Musah speaking to A1 News said the free surgery which she lobbied for people in the region to benefit is in line with the ‘Year of Return’ which seeks to reunite all African diasporas.
“This is our second time coming with RESTORE. As a Deputy Director of Diaspora Affairs at the presidency, part of our mandate is to, how do we mobilize our diasporas to come back and provide their own quota to the development of this country. As you all know, this year is the ‘Year of Return’ so we have done various ways of activities including the surgery”, she said.
Among various forms of deformities corrected by the plastic surgeons include, eye deformity, ear deformity, nose deformity, genetic deformity, breast deformity cleft lip cleft palate and other defects either caused by genetic, viral infection during pregnancies or by accidents.
Team Leader of RESTORE, Dr. Paa Ekow Hoyte-Williams in an interview said the surgery which would have costed over ghc3,000 per individual based on individual’s condition is offered free by the organization as a way of giving back to the society.
According to him the Upper East Region which has no single plastic surgeon lacks the required instruments at the regional hospital for appropriate surgeries to carry out.
Nonetheless, he expressed optimism that the team of medical officers will be able to perform all the outlined surgeriesin due time.
The beneficiaries of the free surgery included a Nigerian national who suffered facial deformity due to accident.
They thanked the benevolent organization, RESRORE and Dr. Nadia Adongo Musah for the kind gesture extended to them in restoring the lost hopes.