Estonian doctors to head on mission to Kenya

  • 2020-01-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Volunteer doctors from the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH) are to head on another mission to Africa and treat patients in Kenya over a period of two weeks.

On Monday next week, three surgeons, an anesthesiologist and an operation nurse from PERH are to head on their 12th mission under the aegis of humanitarian organization Eesti Arstid Aitavad Maailma (Estonian Doctors Help the World), the organization said. Over a period of two weeks, the Estonian medics will be treating patients at the Meru University Hospital and the Chaaria Mission Hospital in Kenya.

"It really is difficult to explain why medical practitioners working the maximum allowable overtime when treating patients want to rest on a different continent by treating patients even more intensely and doing overtime the extent of which is prohibited in Estonia," the head of the Estonian team of doctors, Juri Teras, said.

"You never know what you will be faced with -- the contrast to Estonian/European well-being and stability makes you consider your current values and not allow the medical oath -- to dedicate my life to the service of humanity -- once made to rest," Teras added.

The mission is organized by the humanitarian organization Eesti Arstid Aitavad Maailma (Estonian Doctors Help the World) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via its development cooperation program.