Quality medical care is something millions of people around the world cannot afford.
But one cardiologist is hoping to change that with his non-profit organization and help from a local hospital.
News 3’s Courtney Cole is taking a closer look.
Doctor Eugene Nwosu made Savannah his home more than 20 years ago, and as a cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital, he’s helped a lot of patients. Now he says he’s ready to do more to help the people in his homeland of Nigeria.
“Over the years, I realized that there was significant lack of care in Africa and in Nigeria…and because of that we took our first expanded medical mission in 2001,” Dr. Nwosu told News 3.
The mission trip lasted only for five days…but left an impression that lasted much longer.
“Each time we go, we see up to 2500 to 3000 patients. Countless surgeries, cataract surgeries, general surgeries and even health education and stuff like that. It’s helped them tremendously,” said Dr. Nwosu.
But just knowing that there were thousands more that he could help inspired him to create his non-profit: The Goodness and Mercy Foundation. It offers medical services and education to those who wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise.
“The need is so much! A country of 170 million people, not much cardiac care…And these things are things that can be done if you have the infrastructure. So it feels good to take it to them and make a bigger impact and contribution,” said Dr. Nwosu.
Right now he has a medical center and maternity program in Ajalli, Nigeria.
And with the recent donation of more than $100,000 of equipment from St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital, he’s now hoping to launch his new Cardiology program in Lagos, Nigeria by the end of the year.
“This is overwhelming. I did not expect it to be this big. This again is a blessing. Thank you,” said Dr. Nwosu.
To learn more about you can get involved with The Goodness and Mercy Foundation, click here: http://bit.ly/2aOZili