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I write to let you know that, as previously advertised, MANSAG has just completed a highly successful Medical Mission to Bowen University Teaching Hospital Ogbomosho in Oyo State. A delegation of five of us visited this institution between May 29th and 6th June 2011. Led by the Chair of our Medical Missions subcommittee Mr James Nwabineli, Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, and the Secretary Dr David Alao, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Plymouth, other members of our team were Dr Tosin Majekodunmi, Cardiology Senior Registrar and Dr Okezie Ofor, Research Fellow and Clinical Trainee in Medical Oncology.
It was my privilege to be in the company of such fine Nigerians and colleagues and MANSAG must hugely appreciate and be grateful to them for their sacrifice. It is fair to say that everyone, particularly our two trainees on the delegation (Tosin and Okezie), worked 24/7 to provide expertise, transfer skills and treat patients with singular dedication and zeal.
A full report is in the works from the Medical Missions team and will be circulated shortly, complete with pictorial momentos of our visit. Suffice it to say that the mission included mannequin-based training sessions for doctors and nurses covering:
- Basic Adult Life Support,
- Basic Obstetric Life Support and Management of Eclampsia/haemorrhage drills
- Advanced Trauma Life Support and several ECG and Cardiology sessions and workshops.
Although we emphasised skills transfer to colleagues rather than ad hoc treatment of a few patients, we were nevertheless time-tabled to be involved with Ward work, outpatient clinics, ultrasonography and had some theatre attendances for challenging cases. James and I were particularly shocked to note that, more than 20 years down memory lane, induced septic abortion continues to kill Nigerian women and mothers, completely unabated.
We donated on your behalf a sizable consignment of large encyclopaedic texts from several specialties which were very well received by the Hospital Management. Seminal lectures we delivered to all hospital staff covering Quality in Healthcare (James Nwabineli), Cardiology in Practice (Tosin Majekodunmi) and Breast Cancer Screening and Management – what is new? (Okezie Ofor).
Several meetings were held with senior BUTH staff where future visits were mooted and particular requests for microbiologists, clinical chemists and histopathologists, to help organise and develop new purpose-built laboratory facilities, were discussed.
A highlight of our visit was our receipt of the Royal blessings of the Seun of Ogbomosho on whom we paid a courtesy call. I can witness truthfully that all the joints of all members of the MANSAG delegation work efficiently as we all prostrated before the Seun with relative ease!! And got up unaided as well following the exerciser!!
These are exciting times and I would urge as many members and friends as can help to renew whatever passports they carry in preparation for future visits. We were chastised for lack of female representation on the delegation and we promised to bring some female colleagues along next time. MANSAG will go to all parts of Nigeria where we are wanted and invited and our highly able MMC team are working at a model for such visits across all “geopolitical zones”, to use Nigerian parlance.
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