College of Surgeons inducts new Fellows

Kumasi, Feb. 28, GNA “ The West African College of Surgeons (WACS), has inducted 250 newly-qualified Fellows in Kumasi with a call to them to uphold professional ethics and work with passion to save lives.

Professor Kofi Yangni-Angate, President of the College, said they should be selfless as they pushed towards the goal of helping to reduce the global burden of diseases.

He made reference to recent studies that show that about 11 per cent of the global burden of diseases “ injuries, malignancies, congenital abnormalities, cataracts and complications of pregnancy could be treated through surgery and said this made their services critical.

The areas of specialty of the newly-inducted Fellows include paediatrics, urology, anaesthesia, obstetrics and gynaecology, radiology, ophthalmology and general surgery.

Their induction formed part of activities marking the 54th Scientific Conference of the College, which was held under the theme śSystem Strengthening for Improved Health Servicesť.

Prof Yangni-Angate said the situation where many health facilities in low-income countries lacked the capacity to deliver even the most basic surgical services, needed to change.
He urged governments in the sub-region to invest in healthcare infrastructure to make surgical services more accessible to the people.

Mr Eric Opoku, Ashanti Regional Minister, asked the surgeons to avoid anything that could create image problems for their profession.


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Published: 2014-02-28 18:24:12
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