Burden of disease: ICS offers free surgical treatment to 150 people in FCT

NNN: The International College of Surgeons (ICS) performed more than 150 free surgeries at three hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to improve access to quality health services at the grassroots.

Professor Titus Ibekwe, Zonal Coordinator, Abuja branch of the organization said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the annual general meeting and scientific conference of the ICS, Sunday in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is “Global pandemic of COVID-19: effects on the safety of surgical services, training and research”.

The conference also has sub-themes: “Creating and Sustaining Equal Opportunity at the Local Level in the Provision of High-End Surgical Services, Challenges of Developing and Sustaining Surgical Sub-Specialties in Nigeria”.

Ibekwe, who is also chairman of the conference’s local organizing committee, said the gesture was part of his cooperative social responsibilities.

He said the surgeries which included Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Eyes, among others, were performed at general hospitals in Maitama, Asokoro and Nyanya.

The president, who identified ICS as a humanitarian organization whose motto is “giving back to society”, said members have donated their talents freely to help humanity, especially the less privileged in society. .

According to him, the exercise is about bringing health to the doorsteps of the masses who could not afford health services due to economic difficulties.

“We started this program with medical awareness and we are able to successfully perform over 150 surgeries.

“We adopted a model where beneficiaries were pulled from the hinterland for security reasons and brought downtown.

“ICS was able to bring this to fruition thanks to the dedication of the Outreach Committee members led by Prof. Regina Morgan, supported by Dr. Evaristus Azodo. base

“Exercise is a way to support the government and the people, especially the less privileged who cannot afford any of these services as many of these surgeries are only available to the wealthy outside the country” , did he declare.

The President pledged the college’s commitment to uplift the country’s health sector through reducing the burden of disease.

Ibekwe, who denounced the high disease burden in the country as well as other developing countries, said that through free and sustained medical interventions and surgeries, ICS would reduce disease burden and increase health indices .

Regarding the theme of the conference, Dr. Maurice Ezeoke, President of the Nigerian Section of ICS, described the theme as fitting given the disruption to surgical services experienced globally over the past few years.

He said the organization’s mission is to foster global surgical excellence through education, training, fellowship and humanitarian impact.

According to him, his vision is to improve the lives of patients through the development and education of members and the advancement of the medical field.

“The mission of the founding fathers of ICS was to create a college that would bring together surgeons from all nations, specialties and peoples.

“It is about building a force of international cooperation, understanding, goodwill and peaceful development of the art and science of surgery,

“Its vision is to improve the lives of patients through the development and education of members and the advancement of the medical field.

“ICS is ready to give his talent and everything he has to save society, which is why we are working with Minister FCT to help the most deprived in society.”

NAN reports that ICS is a global organization founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1935 by Dr. Max Thorex, with headquarters in Chicago.

The highlight of the conference was the foundation laying ceremony of the ICS Secretariat in Abuja.


Christine E. Phillips