With a number of children under the age of 12 suffering from hernia thereby overwhelming government hospitals, a local Chitungwiza hospital is conducting free hernia operations for children aged between 18 months and 12 years starting with those who are already on the government waiting list.

Worried by the increasing number of children suffering from hernia, a local Chitungwiza hospital will be conducting free hernia repairs and surgeries from Monday the 29th to Friday the 3rd of May and this Sunday (today) they were holding a screening process which received an overwhelming response with people coming from as far as Kadoma to get assistance.

“Isusu tabva kuKadoma tauya nemwana ane hernia kuti arapwe (We have come from Kadoma with this child so that she may be operated on),” said one parent at the hospital.

By midday, more than 120 people had been screened and registered for surgery.

According to the hospital’s public relations manager Mr Munyaradzi Mhlanga, the exercise is part of the hospital’s social corporate responsibility initiatives.

“We want to help the community as well as the government seeing that government hospitals are overwhelmed with hernia surgeries,” he said.

Hernia is the abnormal exit of tissue or an organ, such as the bowel, through the wall of the cavity in which it normally resides.

Hernias come in a number of different types.

Most commonly they involve the abdomen or the groin.