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First Lady: Embrace advanced surgical technologies

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy PSCU | Tue,Aug 25 2015 00:00:00 EAT
By PSCU | Tue,Aug 25 2015 00:00:00 EAT

 Dr. Gladwell Kiarie (right in spectacles) shows a model of the cancer centre to first lady Margaret Kenyatta during a groundbreaking ceremony of Tesla Cancer Hospital at Ridgeways taken on 18th August 2015. PHOTO:WILBERFORCE OKWIRI

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged medics to embrace emerging advanced surgical technologies that involve smaller amounts of anesthesia and retain patients for shorter periods.

She said medical procedures that are less intrusive on the human body – especially in gynaecology – such as minimal access surgery, have the advantage of shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery and early return to work.“The overall acceptance of laparoscopic surgery the world over is testament to its greater advantages and it should be encouraged at all levels,” said the First Lady during the 3rd African Conference of the International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ISGE) at Carnivore in Nairobi.

She asked both practising surgeons and medical students in gynaecology and general surgery to keep themselves abreast of the new medical procedures and skills in laparoscopic surgery.

“Surgeons need be adequately trained in traditional open techniques during their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes so as to create an enthusiasm and competence in minimal access surgical procedures as a specialty,” she added.

She lauded ISGE for performing 12,000 specialised surgeries in public hospitals, targeting underprivileged Kenyans who cannot afford the services privately.

The First Lady appreciated the efforts and activities of the society, saying they resonated well with the mission and ultimate goal of the Beyond Zero campaign, saving the lives of our mothers and children and improving their health.

She pledged to work closely with the society to the advantage of not only the beneficiaries of the surgical procedures, but also medical students and other parties interested in undertaking critical research.

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