Kerry medics to ring in New Year on Sudan mission
Over thirty members of staff from the Bon Secours hospital in Tralee will travel to Northern Sudan this December where they will deliver much needed supplies while also spending ten days giving medical treatment to those in need.
The trip, which will start on December 27, is all part of the 'Sudan Appeal' which is being headed by Dr Kamal Abdalla, a native of Sudan and who is currently working as a cardiologist at the hospital.
"32 volunteers from the hospital including doctors, nurses, technicians, physiotherapists, radiographers and admin staff will travel to Ezeidab and Al Damer in Northern Sudan," said Amanda Hogan, one of the travelling group, when talking to The Kerryman on Friday.
During the trip, six doctors, including two cardiologists and two orthopaedic surgeons will hold clinics and perform procedures for those in need, while nurses and other clininical staff will assist in the clinics in all medical procedures.
They will also work with local hospital staff to provide techniques to help raise the clinical and infection control standards.
"The Bons do community initiatives every year and as we have a cardiologist here fron Sudan itself, he approached management to steer this years campaign in Sudans direction and here we are now," she continued.
I imagine that he didn't expect the huge numbers that he's got - we could send over 100 staff members with the support that we've received from the hospital - it's been amazing; we're a little apprehensive heading over because we don't know what to expect but I think our excitement outweighs that - it's going to be a good learning experience."
"It's going to bring us all closer together as a group and it will hopefully bring a bit of help to a very impoverished and poverty stricken area aswell.
To help fundraise for the trip, Amanda has organised a 'Blast from the Past' disco in Fabrik for this coming Saturday July 15.
The 'Blast from the Past' disco will start at 9:30pm upstairs in Fabrik - admission is set at €10 with all proceeds from the day set to go towards the Sudan Appeal.