The Federal Government said it would continue to support surgeons to boost their key role in quality healthcare delivery.


President Muhammadu Buhari made the pledge in Abuja, at the 60th Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference of West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and Scientists.

The President said the conference was important as it would give the country the opportunity to reflect on the achievements and challenges of the healthcare system.

Represented by the Minister of State for Health, Mr Olorunnibe Mamora, the President said implementation of the residency training Act of 2017 had helped the surgical college to improve in its training viability.

He said that West African College of Surgeons and Scientists had excelled in the last six decade of its existence in its primary responsibility of training specialists.

The president, however, called on other organisations to emulate the act of giving free medical care to citizens as was done by WACS, stating that the country would be a better place if others emulated such gesture.

In a remark, the Minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Bello expressed happiness that the conference was hosted in Abuja, stating that members of the college were held in high esteem, especially after the free medical surgeries in FCT.

He said over 1,700 surgeries were carried out successfully by WACS and that the FCT would continue to provide support to the college.

President of WACS, Prof. Sereigne Guege, said the college would continue to offer support in the area of capacity building towards quality service delivery in the West African sub-region.