For the Moses Lake Medical Team members that participated in the fall 2018 medical mission to Kebbi State, Nigeria, would like to say welcome back to your various destinations. For those that were unable to travel with us on this mission, I sure do want to thank you for your continued support and your prayers. As a team, I believe that we accomplished so much during this exercise.

Even though we did not get to work with the Pro-Health International team members on this mission, the providers from the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan very much complimented our efforts during this outreach.

Twenty-one (21) members of the MLMT and seventy-two (72) - members of the UCH took part in this mission.

The following is the summary of our accomplishments:

 

Department

Total

Total # of Patients

32,686

Total # of Prescriptions Dispensed

74,649

Total # of Surgeries Consultations

(General, OBGYN, Dental, Urology, Eye, ENT)

2,723

Total # of Surgeries Performed

(General, OBGYN, Dental, Urology, Eye, ENT)

447

Total # of Eyeglasses Dispensed

931

Total # of Laboratory Patients

1,991

Total # of Laboratory Tests Performed

20,609

Ten members of the Moses Lake Medical Team (MLMT) were represented at the opening night of "Count to Zero Defeating Disease in the 21st Century" at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center in Seattle on March 1, 2018, Other invited Not-for-Profit organizations were also present. A representative of the Carter Foundation (President Jimmy Carter Foundation) was also there to describe how Guinea Worm disease reported cases came down from 30,000 to only 30 last year. The speaker credited the grant of $102 Million that was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for this success story. . 
 
A musical group lead by Tiffany Wilson entertained the audience with West Africa Music and Dance. I have a clip of the performance recorded on my cell phone. Let me know if you need a copy sent to you. The show was very entertaining.I couldn't help but to get on the dance floor and dance to the beat myself.
 
Several entities and institutions such as Pacific Science Center, the END Fund, and the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington were on hand to showcase their latest discoveries and their contributory efforts to eradicating diseases all over the world. There were some fun games and prizes for winning as well.
 
I would like to thank the members that were able to attend this event, and I hope they all had a good experience like I did. For those of you that were unable to attend due to one reason or another, your next opportunity is Thursday March 8, 2018. This segment will focus onInternational Women's Day Pressing for Progress. Emphasis would be laid on the role of healthcare in advancing the causes of women and girls issues around the world. The show starts at 4:00pm and ends at 6:00pm. Several MLMT members have indicated their willingness to attend this program. If you have any questions on the directions, parking, or any other issues concerning this event, please do not hesitate to contact me.
On behalf of the entire Moses Lake Medical Team, I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our host, the Kebbi State Government, under the able leadership of the Executive Governor, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu. Governor Bagudu has been known to be a very kind and compassionate individual. He is a progressive Governor who wants the very best for the citizens and the residents of his state. He demonstrated these attitude by coming to our hotel to welcome us, despite the fact that it was late at night. He also paid us several visits at Kalgo Medical Center while we were working. Even though he has a busy schedule, His Excellency still found the time to be with us in the evening when we had a Barbe-Que get-together. To top it all off, the Governor was also at the airport in Abuja to see us off during our departure to the United States. We are very thankful for the generosity of His Excellency.   

I would also like to thank the Governor's wife Dr. Zinab Bagudu for inviting us to participate in the annual Cancer Awareness Walk that took place on Saturday the 21st of October, 2017. We also appreciate her visit to the mission site at Kalgo Medical Center during the outreach. Dr. Bagudu also presided over the send-off banquet that we were honored with at the conclusion of the medical mission, and we are so appreciative of her kind words to us. The gifts that were presented to us were also well appreciated.

I would also like to express our gratitude to the Kebbi State Ministry of Health, under the leadership of Honorable Alh. Umar Usman Kambaza. The Permanent Secretary for Health Alhaja Halima Bello Dikko was very instrumental in making sure that everything went accordingly during this outreach. The Chief Medical Director (CMD) Dr. Koko did an awesome job in making sure that all our needs were met, and that the mission was a success, despite the fact that he is relatively new on the job. Dr. Aminu was his usual upbeat individual. He is very energetic, and he did a good job.He also attended to several patients. 

This was the first mission that we had the privilege and the opportunity to work with two different entities from Nigeria. It was a blessing to be able to join forces with the participants from the Pro Health International (PHI) and the University College Hospital (UCH) to expand the scope of the outreach. We were able to carry out procedures that we would otherwise have not been able to perform.. Some very good examples are the orthopedic surgeries (amputations) that the UCH contingents performed during the medical mission. The Moses Lake Medical Team appreciates the participation of both PHI and UCH in the outreach, and we look forward to working together again in the nearest future.
 
We attended to over 23,000 patients during this outreach. We also performed over 400 total surgeries, and dispensed over 70,000 prescriptions. The laboratory technicians also carried out over 8,000 lab exams.