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Advocacy for improved surgical procedures

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By Mercy Kelani

This will reposition Nigeria health sector for more efficiency.

As part of the efforts of the federal government of Nigeria to ensure improvement in the delivery of quality healthcare services across the country, it has begun to call for improved surgical procedures. The advocacy was made by the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, on September 12, 2023, at the yearly meeting of the National Institute of Health Research Global Surgery Unit (NIHR GSU), which was held in Lagos.

The National Institute of Health Research Global Surgery Unit’s (NIHR GSU) annual meeting is an international event through which researchers, leading experts, and practitioners in the global surgery field are granted a platform to discuss and devise ways for the improvement of surgical care. Represented by Dr. Jimoh Salaudeen, Director of Hospital Services at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Pate stated that through improved surgical procedures, the health sector of Nigeria will be repositioned for more efficiency in its services.

NIHR is required to assist Nigeria towards achievement of this goal.

According to him, the National Institute of Health Research Global Surgery Unit has had various contributions in the medical sector and is the platform responsible for the facilitation of the largest partnership in surgery around the world. Therefore, the institute is highly required to assist Nigeria towards achievement of this goal. Nigeria is a member of the global organization sponsored by the United Kingdom (UK) NIHR, and has recorded many reasonable achievements under the umbrella of the global hub.

These achievements attained by Nigeria as a member of the UK NIHR were in alignment with the objectives of the institute, under the leadership of Prof. Ademuyiwa Adesoji. The Minister further assured the institute of the support of the federal government of Nigeria in discharging necessary duties. He added that the current administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is ensuring prioritization of research as it is essential to the facilitation of development in the healthcare sector.

UK NIHR renders support to researchers from Nigeria in their studies.

Prof. Adesoji Ademuyiwa, a Director of the NIHR GSU at College of Medicine, University of Lagos, in his statement at the meeting, described the institute as the largest funder of healthcare in the UK. He said it has also been rendering support to researchers from Nigeria in their studies. He added that the body has had involvement in cutting edge researches that have yielded achievements, and are currently being implemented for various surgery interventions across the world.

Also, Ademuyiwa expressed hopeful optimism that with necessary support from the Nigerian government and other major stakeholders, there will be a record of more improvements in the surgical sector of the health care industry. Prof. Dion Morton, co-director at NIHR and a professor of Colorectal Surgery at the University of Birmingham, said that the annual meeting is an essential platform to enable discussions on global leading researches in Nigeria and other member countries in the institute.

It is committed to funding researches in higher institutions.

He added that researching and discovering practices, and transformation of the lives of surgical patients were some of the issues that were deliberated upon through the various discussions of the meeting. Morton added that through the institute there have been conduction of studies that involved cohorts of about 20,000 patients from three continents of the world. Dr. Salihu Bakari, Director of Research and Development, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund), likewise affirmed the commitment of the agency to funding partnerships and researches in higher institutions to drive significant impacts.


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Ask Nigeria
16 days ago

Advocacy for improved surgical proceduresThis will reposition Nigeria health sector for more efficiency. – Express your point of view.

Last edited 16 days ago by Kenny Adetunji
SarahDiv
SarahDiv
16 days ago

As part of commitments of the federal government of Nigeria to ensure improvement in the delivery of quality healthcare services across the country, it has begun the clarion call for improved surgical procedures, leading experts, and practitioners in the global surgery field to lend their voice and devise ways for the improvement of surgical care. This will lead to body to cutting edge researches that have yielded achievements, and are implemented for various surgery interventions across the world. Nigeria is poised to be among the country that’ll deliver in transformation of the lives of surgical patients

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
15 days ago

Promoting better surgical techniques is essential for the Nigerian health system. We can improve patient outcomes, lower complications, and boost overall healthcare delivery efficiency by using more effective surgical methods.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
15 days ago

Advocacy for improved surgical procedures — This will reposition Nigeria health sector for more efficiency. A new type of surgery will be introduced and the risk of surgery operations will be reduced, which is wonderful because improved surgical procedure will demonstrate better development in the health sector. This type of creativity in the health industry is necessary

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
15 days ago

I’m excited to share my point of view on advocating for improved surgical procedures in Nigeria’s health sector! This initiative holds immense potential to reposition the sector for greater efficiency and better patient outcomes.
First and foremost, investing in the improvement of surgical procedures is essential to meet the growing healthcare needs of the Nigerian population. As the population continues to increase, so does the demand for surgical interventions. By focusing on advancements in surgical techniques, equipment, and training, we can ensure that healthcare professionals have the necessary tools and knowledge to provide the best possible care to patients.
Enhancing surgical procedures also has the potential to reduce the burden on the healthcare system. By improving efficiency, surgeries can be performed more effectively and in a shorter amount of time, allowing for more patients to be treated. This can help reduce waiting times and ensure that individuals receive timely and appropriate surgical interventions.

Furthermore, improved surgical procedures can lead to better patient outcomes. By adopting innovative techniques and technologies, surgeons can enhance precision, minimize complications, and improve recovery times. This not only benefits patients but also reduces the overall cost of care by preventing post-surgical complications and reducing the length of hospital stays.

Advocating for improved surgical procedures also aligns with the global trend towards patient-centered care. By prioritizing advancements in surgical techniques, we can ensure that patients receive personalized and tailored interventions that meet their specific healthcare needs. This approach promotes patient satisfaction and overall well-being.
In addition to the direct benefits to patients and the healthcare system, investing in improved surgical procedures can also have positive economic impacts. It can attract medical tourism, as individuals from other countries may seek out Nigerian healthcare facilities known for their advanced surgical capabilities. This can generate revenue, create job opportunities, and contribute to the growth of the healthcare industry.