Basic Surgical Skills held at NSSC on 16th May 2013

The Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) in collaboration with the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) held a basic science surgical symposium on the 13th to 23rd May 2013 at the Brackenhurst conference center in Limuru.

PAACS is a commission of the Christian Medical & DentalAssociation which uses rural African mission hospitals to train and disciple African physicians who wish to become fully accredited general surgeons.

COSECSA on the other hand is an independent body that fosters post graduate education in surgery and provides surgical training throughout the East, Central and Southern regions of Africa. It is in the quest for the two bodies to advance training, standards and practice in surgery that the two organizations organized this surgical symposium.

After their theories on anatomy, physiology and pathology in Limuru, there was no better venue to conduct the practicals on BSS other than at the state of the art facility at Chiromo well known as the NSSC. This session ran on the 16th May 2013 afternoon and was conducted by a highly experienced team from the US and UK which numbered to approximately 15. We had a total of 21 surgical residents drawn from hospitals in Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Congo and Gabon. It was a one on one hands on interaction with the trainers that included surgical knot tying, tracheostomy, gut anastomosis, ureter anastomosis, tendon repair as well as intermaxillary fusion. The team was exemplary supportive with the able leadership of Bruce Stiffes, MD and our local consultant Surgeon Prof Jani which is evident from the words of one trainee , Dr Waweru ,”It was a great learning experience with abundance support from the organizers”. 

By Pauline Wanjiru.