An INF surgical camp in Nepal's Achham District has provided treatment for 1,147 people. The week-long camp came to an end on Tuesday this week and was held at the District Hospital in Mangalsen. A total of 107 operations were carried out, together with 334 ultrasound examinations. 'We had very good co-operation and co-ordination with the District Health Office and the Chief District Officer Hari Prasad Bhandari,' says INF New Zealand surgeon Dr Ian Bissett. 'The personnel for the camp included seven from New Zealand, one from Australia, five from the UK, Nepali surgeon Dr Bhojraj Neupane and the Nepali INF camps team from Pokhara,' adds Ian. 'There was even national radio coverage of the camp on Network CIN.' The camp was also a training opportunity for Nepali medical personnel, as INF Camps Co-ordinator Eka Dev Devkota explains: 'One of the Nepali personnel worked with our anæsthetist in theatre, learning lumbar puncture techniques. Another learned new skills in examination, diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. The nurses were trained in caring for post-operative patients, removal of drains, catheter care, charting patients' vital signs and so on. Many patients came having had renal and gall bladder stones diagnosed elsewhere but unable to pay for surgery. We couldn't operate on everyone who came for surgery but hope to return to Achham at a later date.'