Surgeon stresses need for early diagnosis of ailments

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– The for Health in Anambra , Dr Joe Akabuike, has stressed the need for early diagnosis of ailments “so that patients can receive prompt treatment.’’

The , who is also a Surgeon, made the remark while answering questions newsmen at the 48th Conference of International College of Surgeons, Nigeria National Section, on in .

According to him, some of the challenges facing surgeons in Nigeria include the inability to diagnose diseases early and inadequate medical facilities.

He said most illnesses that required surgery could be treated better if doctors got them at earlier stages.

He added that “like cases of cancer and intestine obstructions, when you them primarily, they are better treated before they complicated.’’

Akabuike, who said Nigeria had experts that proved themselves as the best in medical world, however, added that “we are handicapped by the lack of sophisticated equipment to work with.

“However, we are aware that there are some improvements in the health sector in places like Lagos and Abuja and I am sure we will gradually there.

“That is why we are having a conference like this to discuss and access the of surgical care in the country and to think of how we can on what we are doing.’’

On his part, Dr Francis Edozien, a Gynaecologist, urged to expand the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) so as to universal for all Nigerians.

He also called on to make laws to cover and make health accessible to all Nigerians like what was obtained in advanced countries.

Prof. Iyekeoretine Evbuomwan of of Benin had earlier delivered a lecture in which he called on surgeons to be conversant with modern practices in the health sector to patients’ confidence.