Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has enjoined surgeons in Nigeria to be more committed in the advancement of surgical training and research with a view to improving quality of health care in the country.
He said this during the opening ceremony of the joint Biannual Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Surgical Research Society and the Association of Surgeons of Nigeria in Yenagoa, with the theme, “New technologies in surgical practice.”
Represented by his Deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd), Governor Dickson intimated members of the two professional bodies that the State government in its bid to deliver adequate medical services to its citizenry has built a first-class Diagnostic Medical Centre to boost Medical Tourism in the state.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Health, Bayelsa State, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei urged surgeons, to make available, the products of their research efforts, particularly basic surgical skills to practitioners in medical institutions, including those in the rural areas for the overall benefit of society.
According to him, research is of no use if society continuously experience increase in maternal and infant mortality, adding that delay in intervention in terms of surgery was one of the critical challenges in most hospitals in the rural communities.
He also emphasized the need for collaboration and partnership between governments and professional bodies like the Nigerian Surgical Research Society and the Association of Surgeons of Nigeria in order to achieve effective health care delivery.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President of the Nigerian Surgical Research Society, Prof. Vincent Odigie, said that the Society was formed to provide a platform to encourage research into clinical and experimental surgery as well as advance the training of surgery in and outside Nigeria.
Also speaking, the President of the Association of Surgeons of Nigeria, Prof. Alexander Nwofor, said that the Association was an umbrella body for all practicing surgeons in Nigeria for purposes of improving the practice of surgery through trainings and research publications.
Present during the event was King Okpoitari Diongoli, The Ibedaowei of Opokuma Kingdom, who was the Royal Father of the day.

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