MINISTER of Health
Professor, Isaac Adewole
has disclosed the Federal
Government’s intention to
partner with West African
College of Surgeons, WACS,
to train efficient surgeons
that would improve the
healthcare service in the
Adewole made this
known recently while
commissioning Permanent
Secretariat of the College in
He said, “The Federal
Government of Nigeria
would be happy to
collaborate with West
African College of Surgeons
to deliver quality health
services to Nigerians
and other neighbouring
“Federal Government
is investing hugely on
residency training especially
on the salary and other
incidental needs. I will like
to appeal passionately to
the West African College
of Surgeons’ Leadership to
reduce the training period
of residents to 5-6 years, any
further training should be
post-fellowship diplomas”,
he explained.
The minster further urged
the College to include
character assessment of
individuals as criteria for the
recruitment in to residency
training programme, adding
that enrolling only quality,
focused and individuals
with right attitude would
reduce the incessant strike in
the health sector.
The Minister commented
that West African College of
Surgeons is a professional
body that trains specialists in
surgical specialties, adding
that the college had trained
about 5000 specialists in
various surgical discipline
including Anesthesia, Dental
Surgery, Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Ophthalmology
and Radiology. He added
that the College had
also trained about 800
Diplomates in Anesthesia, Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose
and Throat (ENT).
The College had accredited
200 programmes in 88 tertiary
institutions where specialists
Stories by Joyce Remi- Babayeju
are trained and examines about
2500 candidates every six
President, West African
College of Surgeons, Mr.
Akinyinka Omigbodun
pledged to work closely
with the ministry to improve
surgical care for the teeming
population of the nation.

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