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Kaduna church offers free surgeries to the less privileged

Kaduna church offers free surgeries to the less privileged

About 34 people, including 11 Muslims, have benefited from free surgeries by Mercy Angel Hospital, Kaduna, The Nation reports.
Rev. Tunde Bolanta, General Overseer of the Restoration Bible Church and Ministries, Ungwan Romi in Southern Kaduna which undertook the exercise, said the church decided to extend the intervention to the Muslim community to build bridges.
The surgeries were carried out by volunteer doctors from the United States of America, Wales and Nigeria.
One of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Wada Adamu, a resident of Sabon Gari, Tudun Wada Kaduna, never thought he would ever cross over the River Kaduna bridge to the southern part of Kaduna because of the belief that the area is not safe for Muslims took the risk along with his son because he was in dire need of surgery to survive an undisclosed ailment. He eventually made the plunge and lived to appreciate the outcome.
An Islamic scholar, Sheikh Nureni Ashafa, facilitated the involvement of the Muslim community.
Rev. Bolanta said the intervention was designed to build bridges of unity between Muslims and Christians. “I have personally been burdened that the narrative needed to change regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims in Kaduna State and the nation at large, he siad.
“We must build bridges of hope and friendship across the religious divide, restoring the confidence of the past through people of goodwill.”
The medical intervention, according to him, was sequel to hand of fellowship extended to the Muslim community in Tudun Wada during the Ramadan fast. “Our partnership with Sheikh Ashafa to give out gifts to 500 persons during Ramadan comprising the aged, widows, orphans and the physically challenged was significant in confidence building for our Muslim community to participate in the medical and surgical intervention.
“Eleven surgeries were successfully carried out for our friends in the Muslim community.
“It was a bold step for them to come into this area for surgery because according to Sheikh Ashafa, Muslims consider this part of the town (southern part of Kaduna metropolis) a red zone while Christians also consider the Muslim part of the city a red zone.”
Bolanta believed that it was possible to rebuild the Kaduna of the past where everyone lived in peace with each other irrespective of tribe or religion.
He said: “We hope that we can build on the friendship for the greater good of society.”
The doctors carried out the 34 surgeries successfully, including a 5hrs, 10 minutes hysterectomy of a 9.5 kg Fibroids filled uterus.
For ten days, they carried out free surgeries to beneficiaries who could not afford medical treatment.
Bolanta said over 1000 persons have also benefited from the skill acquisition programme of the church while the orphanage home attached to the hospital has continued to receive Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Sheikh Nureni Ashafa, who led members of the Muslim community in Kaduna to benefit from the intervention, described it as a fulfillment of the directives of God.
He recalled how Restoration Bible Church provided food items for the Muslim community during the last Ramadan fast, pointing out that about 500 people benefited from food items.
Ashafa said the values God will recognise is not how much money you have, but how much you are able to touch people’s lives positively.

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