Northwick Park surgeon lends expertise to rural communities in Nepal

Mr Abdul Ahmed

A surgeon from Northwick Park Hospital has recently returned from Nepal where he has been providing surgical care to people with head and neck cancer.

Mr Abdul Ahmed, a consultant maxillofacial and head and neck surgeon, visited the Craniofacial Centre in Janakpur in February 2018, a rural location in south east Nepal.

Supported by the charity Future Faces, Mr Ahmed was part of a team of surgeons and healthcare professionals who visited Nepal to begin the first mouth cancer screening camps in rural villages, as well as providing surgical care to local communities.  

Mr Ahmed said: “I was invited to Nepal by fellow surgeon Mr Sunil Sah, who was responsible for setting up the centre. It was incredible to see the work of the Craniofacial Centre in action as it strives to improve the physical and psychological treatment for patients suffering from oral cancer and facial disease in very poor rural communities. 

“It was an honour to have the opportunity to improve people’s lives by providing free healthcare and education.”

During his time in Nepal Mr Ahmed carried out operations on a man with a large tumour on his neck and a child with a congenital lesion on his temple. 

As well as providing much needed medical care, Mr Ahmed also met with government officials to improve awareness, gave lectures and trained local surgeons to improve standards of healthcare.

Mr Ahmed added: “It was important that we enabled local surgeons employed by the centre to be trained so that they can continue the good work and improve the lives of their local communities.”

Mr Ahmed was aided in his work by The North West London Regional Maxillofacial Service, based at Northwick Park Hospital, who provided some of the instruments used in the operations he performed. 

The service is a recognised centre of surgical excellence and provides treatment for facial trauma, facial deformity, skin cancer and head and neck cancers. 

Mr Ahmed said: “I would like to thank the Trust for their support and more importantly the people of Janakpur for their warm welcome. I wish the centre every success and look forward to future visits to build on, and continue to develop the great work they do.”