Enugu seeks partnership with medical organizations
February 17, 2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has expressed the willingness of the state government to partner with professional medical organizations to provide specialist medical care to the people.

He made the pledge in Enugu when he received in audience a delegation of members of the West African College of Surgeons and the Association of General Surgeons of Britain and Ireland, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Enugu.

The governor paid glowing tributes to the surgeons, whom he described as “colleagues who work day in and day out, largely uncompensated, given the enormous sacrifice they put in.”

He also thanked the surgeons for selecting Enugu State to host what he described as essentially a surgical workshop, adding that it provided an opportunity for them to contribute to a specialized health care delivery in the State.

Dr. Nnamani however drew their attention to some of the problems they could run into with the workshops in the area of continuity and maintenance in terms of continuous medical education and exchange of knowledge, which must be in consonance with the socio-political and cultural environment in question.

Earlier in his speech, the Secretary of the West African College of Surgeons, Dr. Christopher Bode, had disclosed that the college had more than 3,000 specialists in various surgical fields, adding that they trained middle-level man-power.

He stressed that they were in Enugu to fulfill their mandate of training and certifying specialists in the field of surgery and had come to pay their respects to the governor for the good work he was doing in Enugu State.

In his brief remark, Dr. Mike Beverly, representing the Association of General Surgeon, Britain and Ireland, thanked the Governor for welcoming them warmly and looked forward to training experts in Enugu, adding that the facilities needed for that purpose were up to standard.


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