Institute trains 158 doctors, others
The Life of Institute has trained over 158 medical doctors and 37 nurses for Endoscopy in Nnewi, Anambra state, the director of the Institute, Prof Joseph Ikechebelu, has said.
He further disclosed that one anesthetists, two technicians and one engineer have equally been trained in the Institute. Rising from its 19th Basic Course on Minimal Access Surgery (M.A.S), Prof Ikechebelu, said the institute had concluded training for medical doctors from across Nigeria on basic course in M.A.S, where 25 of them participated in the five days training session and were exposed to handle M.A.S cases.
He said that the institute has a vision of providing quality training, excellent treatment and development of M.A.S in Nigeria and indeed the entire African continent.
“The institute started training in September 2010 with five participants and has so far trained one hundred and fifty eight doctors, thirty seven nurses, one anesthetist, two technicians and one engineer.
“Our training is currently approved by World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons, and among our laudable achievements is the carrying out of the first Laparoscopic Myomectomy in South-East of Nigeria”, he noted.
Speaking at the occasion, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Akabuike said the unique elementary nature of the training makes it a prerequisite for any other training, and therefore, the participants should endeavour to tell others colleagues about the programme.
He assured that Governor Willie Obiano administration would support the Institute by offering subsidies for patients who may want to be part of the next training.
Earlier, Chairman of the occasion and former Chief Medical Director of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH Nnwei, Prof Okechukwu Mbonu, congratulated the participants for taking part in the training and urged them to put what they learnt into practice when they get back to their base.
He recalled that he had encouraged participants to endeavor to get the advanced training on M.A.S, which is the in-thing now in surgery, because any doctor that fails to get the training would be left behind.