A 22-member German-based medical team, “Heart Help”, together with Eritrean doctors carried out successful heart surgery on 12 patients at the Orotta Hospital. Asmara, 18 January 2011 – A 22-member German-based medical team, “Heart Help”, together with Eritrean doctors carried out successful heart surgery on 12 patients at the Orotta Hospital.
The head of the German medical team, Dr. Lobbes Wolfgang, told ERINA that the team provides heart treatment service to Eritrean patients by visiting the country twice a year. He further stated that the task being performed jointly with the Eritrean doctors is quite fruitful.
The coordinator of the medical team who is an expert in anesthesia, Dr. Zeremariam Tewoldemedhin, stated on his part that the surgery would constitute a turning point in the lives of the patients as they have been suffering from heart disease for a long time and are family bread-winners.
Another member of the team, Prof. Rainer Leyh, explained that the surgery being undertaken in Eritrea is imperative for exchanging experience with Eritrean doctors.
Likewise, Dr. Yemane Sium, internist who participated in the surgery, indicated that the undertaking of the heart surgery in collaboration with partners is aimed at relieving patients suffering from heart disease, in addition to sharing experience.
Still another member of the team, Dr. Bisdas Theodosios, said that he worked in a number of African countries, and that he never witnessed fully-equipped infrastructure facility like the one in Eritrea. The existing conducive ground in the country prompts to accomplish still more gratifying tasks, he added.
The medical team from the German universities of Hanover and Wuerazburg comprises heart surgeons from a number of countries, including Eritrea, Turkey, Palestine, Austria, the UK, Germany and Greece.