By Adama Tine
Twenty Gambian doctors have undergone a three days training on a basic surgical training course through the support of the West African College of Surgeons, MAMOS Media learns here Friday.
At the training held at the Edward Frances Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul, Professor Ousman Nyan, chief medical director at EFSTH said the course was geared towards ensuring there are competent surgeons who can do operations in a standard way. He added that the training also aimed at ensuring young doctors learn the skills of the trade in a standard manner so that they can practice surgery safely anywhere.
Speaking further, Professor Nyan highlighted the significance of having the training done in The Gambia. He added that the training will equip doctors with the requisite skills to perform operations in a standard way. He said there are other theoretical aspects they have to learn within three to four years before doing the membership exams to become fellows of the West African College of Surgeons.
The West African College of Surgeons is primarily focused on the accreditation of training institutions for trainees in all surgical disciplines in the West Africa sub-region. The College also conducts examinations for, and certifies specialists in all branches of surgery including Anesthesia, Dental Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, OtoRhino Laryngology, Radiology and Surgery (including various sub-specialties).
Training programs run by the college include prevention, treatment and control of cancer in disciplines which cover all parts of the human body.