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.