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Health Expert Calls For More Endoscopes In Nation’s Hospitals



A Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Dr Joseph Olamijulo, on Wednesday called on the three tiers of government to provide more endoscopes in both the Federal and State Government hospitals to encourage endoscopy surgery.

Olamijulo made the call at the first German- Nigerian Advanced Training Course in Minimally Invasive or Endoscopy Gynaecological Surgery.

It was organised by Kiel School of Gynaecological Endoscopy, Germany and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, says, “ An endoscope is an illuminated optical, typically slender and tubular instrument used to look deep into the body and used in procedures called an endoscopy.

“It is used to examine the internal organs like the throat or esophagus.

“The endoscopy uses an endoscope to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body.

“Unlike many other medical imaging techniques, endoscopes are inserted directly into the organ. There are many types of endoscopes.

“A patient may be fully conscious or anaesthetised during the procedure. Most often, the term endoscopy is used to refer to an examination of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract.’’

Olamiloju, who works with LUTH, said that the provision of endoscopes in the nation’s hospitals would enable endoscopy surgery to be widely and safely practised in the country.

“We are still lagging behind in terms of advancement by having issues with equipment, but the present management of LUTH is particularly committed to ensure that endoscopy surgery is active in the hospital.

“Endoscopy is a gynaecology surgery operated through a very tiny incision on the abdomen.

“The main reason why we are training participants all over the country, in collaboration with endoscopy experts from Germany, is because that is the way forward in endoscopy surgery.

“We are doing endoscopy surgery in LUTH, but there is still need for expansion.

“There are many advantages like the surgery is cosmetic acceptable, reduces much complications, invisible scars, pains and complications.

“Patients can easily go home few hours after endoscopy surgery without any complication,” he said.

Also, Prof. Abosede Afolabi, an Associate Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetric, LUTH, said that between 60 and 80 per cent of gynaecological surgeries in the developed countries were done through endoscopy surgery.

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Afolabi said that endoscopy surgery was becoming more popular and common in Nigeria, but we still lack experts and the necessary equipment.

“This is one of the reasons why we collaborate with experts from Germany to train consultant gynaecologists and surgeons.

“Endoscopy surgery can be used to remove fibroid, uterus, ovarian cysts and other gynaecology disorder through tiny hole which helps the patients not to feel much pains after the surgery.

“We have up to 25 participants from different states in the country receiving training on how to operate in minimally invasive surgery or key hole surgery,” Afolabi said.

In his remarks, Mr Tony Rahme, the Training Centre Manger, Karl Storz Endoscopy in Germany, said that the training would add values and skills in endoscopy to the surgeons and gynaecologists in Nigeria.

Rahme said that the major challenge facing Nigerian doctors in endoscopy surgery were lack of equipment in the government-owned hospitals, while some private hospitals that have made their services too costly.

“I discovered that most Nigerian doctors are very talented and intelligent; we should stop wasting money by sending patients outside the country for treatment.

“The cost of treating one patient outside can buy some of the endoscopes which can be used to treat many people in the country,” he said.

One of the participants, Dr Uche Iwuh, a Consultant Gynaecologyist and Obstetrician, said that the training had exposed him more to endoscopy surgery.

Iwuh , who works with the Premier Specialists Medical Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, said that the training enable him to acquire more skills and knowledge without travelling outside the country.

He said that the training should continue so that many gynaecologists and obstetricians could benefit and learn more about endoscopy surgery.

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