Sunday 20th August, 2017
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Institute trains 200 doctors on Minimal Access Surgery

Institute trains 200 doctors on Minimal Access Surgery

The Umudim-Nnewi-based Life Institute for En­doscopy has conducted training for about 200 medical doctors from across Nigeria on basic course in minimal access surgery since its incep­tion in 2010.
At its 19th Basic Course in Minimal Ac­cess Surgery organised by the Institute at the weekend, 25 medical doctors across Nigeria participated in the five-days training session where they were exposed to minimal access sur­gery.
The Course Direc­tor, Nigeria, Prof Joseph Ikechebelu, pointed out that the Institute has a vision of providing qual­ity training, excellent treatment and develop­ment of minimal access surgery in Nigeria and indeed the entire African continent as well as the mission of spreading the awareness and practice of minimal access sur­gery (MAS) all over the country through train­ing, treatment, support and equipment supplies.
Prof Ikechebelu noted that the institute started training in September 2010 with five partici­pants and that the In­stitute so far has trained 158 doctors, 37 nurses, one anesthetist, two technicians and one en­gineer.
“Our training is cur­rently approved by World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons, among our laudable achievements is the car­rying out of the first Lap­aroscopic Myomectomy in South-East of Nigeria.
In his own comment, the Chairman of the closing ceremony, Prof O O Mbonu while con­gratulating the partici­pants for being part of the training urged them to put what they learnt into practice when they get back to their base.
Prof Mbonu encour­aged the participants to endeavor to get the advanced training on minimal access surgery which, according to him, is the in-thing now in surgery and that any doctor that fails to get the training would be left behind.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Aka­buike, said the unique elementary nature of the training makes it a pre­requisite for any other training even as he pas­sionately urged the par­ticipants to tell others about the programme.
Dr Akabuike pledged the support of the ad­ministration of Chief Willie Obiano to the In­stitute by offering sub­sidies for patients who may want to be part of the next training.
He, however, urged medical doctors to shun the temptation to embark on strike at the slightest opportunity, a develop­ment, he said, has started giving doctors bad name in the society.

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