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Euracare multi-specialist hospital hosts first Bariatric surgery masterclass in W/A



Euracare, the leading multi-specialist hospital in Lagos, has hosted the first ever West African masterclass on minimally invasive bariatric surgery. This is a specialist procedure used to achieve weight loss to control Obesity and Diabetes. 

The symposium which held on the 17th and 18th of October 2019 at Euracare premises in Lagoswas aimed at demonstrating weight loss surgery techniques to bariatric surgeons across West Africa.

The initiative is in partnership with healthcare product manufacturing giant, Medtronic as part of a West African wide campaign to bring together other specialist in this new field for the main purpose of collaborations on issues like best clinic practice, training research, and capacity building.

The team of local medical specialists, led by Consultant General and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Mr Abuchi Okaro, performed a live bariatric surgery witnessed by Six Specialist surgeons across West Arica and crafted interactive sessions covering bariatric surgery field. 

The masterclass kicked off with constructive and interactive sessions individually addressing the importance of a multidisciplinary team in the care of a bariatric patient, perioperative care pathway and challenges/opportunities in the practice.

Concluding the masterclass, the second day of the symposium specialists highlighted the importance of an accurate sleep analysis, and how to manage post-operative complications. 

According to Dr Abuchi Okaro, basic bariatric surgical knowledge is lacking in many African countries and there is an urgent need to bridge this gap.“Research has shown that obesity and diabetes mortality related cases in Africa is prevalent.

Bariatric surgery is a great way to address these issues, which is why I am passionate to transfer this knowledge. With this masterclass, we hope to make a meaningful, yet practical contribution to assist in reducing obesity related mortality rate among related patients in Nigeria and across Africa”, Dr Okaro said.

Also speaking on the masterclass, Medical Director, Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital, Dr TosinMajekodunmi said, “This masterclass showcased our commitment to breaking boundaries in the medical industry and reinforces our stand as the leading multi-specialist Hospital in Nigeria.

By helping consultants learn the very latest techniques from the very best in the field, we are redefining the healthcare industry in Nigeria and Africa at large”.

Bariatric or weight loss surgery comprises a number of gastro-intestinal procedures such as the Lap gastric bypass, Lap sleeve gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) and biliopancreatic diversion (BPD). The procedures are performed through the minimally invasive (keyhole) route.

This has the main advantage of resulting in less pain, quicker return to drinking, walking and less scarring. The surgery is specifically most suited for those individuals who need to achieve an amount of weight reduction that diet and exercise only cannot provide.

The benefits of weight loss extend widely from positively affecting control of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease to resolution of diabetes, and many others. 

Since its opening in 2017, Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital has serviced over 10,094 patients and completed 1,022 CT scans, 1,219 MRI scans, 108 cardiac procedures, 356 surgical procedures, 1,075 x-ray and 1,107 ultrasound. This masterclass buttresses Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital’s commitment in broadening the medical landscape and redefining standards of healthcare practice in Nigeria.

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Doctors Peform First-ever Brain Surgery On unborn baby



Medicine and science keeps getting life changing breakthroughs as Medical doctors have performed a first-ever brain surgery on a baby with a deadly genetic disorder while still inside the mother’s womb.

Daily Mail reported on Thursday that The unborn baby was diagnosed with a vein of Galen malformation at 30 weeks and children born with such kind of condition have a 30 per cent chance of dying before the age of 11.

The surgery which involved cutting into the womb, the baby’s skull and then operating on the developing brain was carried out by a ten-man team of doctors at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, United States.

The operation requires slicing into the pregnant woman’s abdomen and using an ultrasound to identify the artery and guide the surgery.

After the operation, the baby’s mother gave birth to a healthy baby boy two days later without birth defects.

Congratulations to the mother and child. And likewise the Team.

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NAPHARM: Leading Academics, Industry Operators for Pharmacy Academy Induction



NAPHARM, Professor Lere Baale
Professor Lere Baale

The Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPHARM) is set to induct 20 leading pharmacists and some captains of industry into its hallowed ranks on December 8, 2022.

The 20 inductees are drawn from a wide array of disciplines, including research and development, management, industrial pharmacy, among others. Some of the more notable prospective inductees include Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) of the University of Benin, Professor Ray Ozolua; Managing Director of GSK Nigeria, Kunle Oyelana; Managing Director, Medplus Pharmacy Chain, Joke Bakare; Executive Director, the Nett Pharmacy Chain, Chris Ehimen; and Registrar of the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN), Babashehu Ahmed, among others.

In a statement made available to the media, the General Secretary of the Academy, Professor Lere Baale, said that “the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy is pleased to note that making a selection of 20 distinguished pharmacists from the dozens of stellar applications received was a most arduous assignment.” This, he added, “is a reflection of an increasingly pervasive appreciation by pharmacists and other health professionals of the essence of the Academy and a growing determination by many to be part of the Academy’s mission.”

Also, to be inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the Academy is Chief Afe Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and proprietor of Afe Babalola University. While stating the reason for his conferment, Professor Baale, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Business School Netherlands, said that “The College of Pharmacy, Afe Babalola University, from its staffing to its equipping and curriculum, embodies a great deal of the qualities desired of a 21st century pharmaceutical education, and the Academy desires to symbolically commend Chief Babalola for his foresight.”

The Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy is one of Nigeria’s specialized academies and its bedrock is the facilitation of scientific research and development towards wellness and good health. To this end, the Academy employs strategic advocacy and other means to enhance government and societal funding and support for scientific research with particular focus on pharmaceutical research.

The formal investiture is billed to hold in Lagos.

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UK Leads Global Action to Tackle Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Foreign Secretary will announce new support to prevent sexual violence in conflict today (November 28) as he hosts an international conference in London.



Rishi Sunak, UK Prime Minister
  • James Cleverly will also launch a new three-year strategy putting survivors at the centre of tackling this abhorrent crime around the world. 
  • Attendees will include Nadia Murad, a survivor of sexual violence in conflict, her fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege, and HRH The Countess of Wessex. 
  • Angelina Jolie will deliver a video message at the conference. 

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is bringing representatives of around 70 countries together today, to drive forward urgent action to tackle the scourge of sexual violence in conflict – including in Ukraine, Ethiopia and Colombia.

New evidence has shown that an estimated 20 to 30 per cent of women and girls in conflict-affected settings experience sexual violence.

The two-day conference in London this week (28-29 November) will put survivors of this abhorrent crime at the centre of the global response.

Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege – who won a joint Nobel Peace Prize for their work to combat sexual violence – will be in attendance alongside the Countess of Wessex and International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan. Other survivors, government ministers and representatives of NGOs will also be there to share what they have learned and agree a united response to prevent atrocities from taking place in future.

This week’s conference marks 10 years of the UK Government’s landmark Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).

When opening the conference, the Foreign Secretary will announce a new three-year strategy to tackle sexual violence in conflict which will be backed by up to £12.5 million of new funding.

Developed with survivors, experts in the field, parliamentarians, academics, and NGOs, the strategy focuses on tackling these crimes in seven key countries: Ukraine, Bosnia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq and South Sudan.

Addressing the conference, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is expected to say:

“The very threat of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war should bring immediate international condemnation, and swift action to stop those attacks before they start.

“So today, we stand in solidarity, to support survivors and to bring justice. But also to send an unequivocal message to those who order, allow or perpetrate sexual violence: we will not tolerate it and we will push for perpetrators to be prosecuted.”

Along with the strategy, the Foreign Secretary will also launch:

  • A new partnership between the UK Government and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which could use virtual reality technology to make survivors’ experience in court less traumatic.
  • A new Accountability Commission and Task Force (ACT) for Survivors initiative, developed by the UK to increase successful prosecutions and strengthen other forms of justice. It will provide support for countries with high levels of sexual violence in conflict, to strengthen their national justice systems so they are fit for purpose. This could include mentoring for prosecutors, setting up rapid response mechanisms in crises, and training and support from the UN Team of Experts.
  • A new ‘What Works To Prevent Violence’ report which lays out the scale of the issue and puts forward methods, based on evidence, to prevent them. The first phase of the UK’s ‘What Works to Prevent Violence’ programme has shown reductions in violence of around 50%, even in the most challenging circumstances.
  • Work to translate commitments into action to promote the rights and wellbeing of children born as a result of conflict-related sexual violence. This could include improving national laws, policies and practices.

The UK has been at the vanguard of efforts to combat conflict-related sexual violence for the past decade, ever since former Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie jointly launched PSVI in 2012. Angelina Jolie will deliver a video message at the conference, and Lord Hague will speak in person on the 29th.

Since then, the UK has supported nearly 100 projects across 29 countries – from safe shelters in Bosnia, to judicial support in Iraq and Colombia, and training for peacekeepers in East Africa.

The current situation in Ukraine, as well as recent events in Afghanistan and Ethiopia, demonstrate that work to combat conflict-related sexual violence is still as important as ever.

Last week the Foreign Secretary announced on a visit to Ukraine an additional £3.45m towards projects in the country and the wider region, much of which will go towards addressing sexual and reproductive health.

In a message to the conference Angelina Jolie will say:

“When human beings are physically assaulted in this way, and in some countries for decades, there has to be a decisive global response. When there isn’t, it sends a message to both the victim and the perpetrator that we don’t truly regard this as a significant crime that needs to be punished and prevented. So this conference should in my view, take a hard look at what has succeeded and what has not.”

Dr. Mukwege, Medical Director at Panzi Hospital and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, said:

“The PSVI Conference is organised so that all of us attending in London can listen to survivors’ voices. This is not the first conference where survivors have spoken up demanding justice, but I hope it will be one of the last – we need to attend as we count down to end wartime sexual violence.

“We are all here today because of survivors. All of them attending this conference represent thousands of others awaiting care, justice and reparations. Very few survivors have received the holistic care – including justice – that they deserve. As the survivors are sharing their recommendations, requests, and opinions, I ask everyone not only to listen to them but also pledge a commitment to act and support their demands.”

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad said:

“It’s time to use every tool we have: sanctions, international trials, and universal jurisdiction to show that sexual violence in conflict will not be tolerated.

“We must make state and non-state actors think twice about the consequences of these crimes. Ending the status quo of impunity is essential for preventing people around the world from being subjected to experiences like mine.”

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