American doctors carry out free goitre surgery in Rwanda A team of 16 US surgeons is conducting a series of free goitre operations at the Gitwe Hospital, in Central Rwanda, official sources in Kigali told PANA on Thursday.
The team, which will perform surgery on 36 patients, is the third to be carried out in Rwanda by the American surgeons. The cost of the surgery is about US$100,000, the chief medical officer of the hospital of Gitwe, Emile Tuyishime Muganga, said.
During this mission, the most needy patients will benefit from the surgery.
Health experts say goitre, which is caused by iodine deficiency, is prevalent in several African regions.