HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JUST ENDED 43RD ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING OF THE GHANA SURGICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY, FELT AUDITORIUM , UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST, 30-31 MAY, 2014
History of the society
In January 1989 while returning from the 29th annual conference of the West African College of Surgeons, which was hosted at Yaunde , Republic of Cameroon, the Ghanaian Fellows of the college who took part in the conference deliberated on the need for some form of a continuing medical education for its fellows in Ghana. a decision was made to have two conferences to be held in a year. The maiden meeting was held at the Auditorium of University of Ghana Medical School under the theme, Surgical Emergencies. At a subsequent meeting held on the 10th of November 1990, a decision was taken to form the Ghana Surgical Research Society. A committee was set up to work out the constitution. At another meeting held at the Kokrobite Beach Resort, the provisional constitution was accepted. A formal inaugural meeting was held on the 15th of November 1991 at the auditorium of the University of Ghana Medical School.
Objectives of the society
1. to encourage members to pursue original clinical and experimental research for the advancement of the ARTS and SCIENCE of surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anaesthesia and Radiology, with the ultimate aim of applying the results of such research to the improvement of care of patients. The society meets twice a year. The first meeting is in April/May and the second in November/December
2. To promote the advancement of training in surgery and related disciplines in Ghana
Membership is thrown to all practicing Specialists in the stated disciplines in Ghana and who have attained a consultant/specialist status irrespective of whether they practice in a university medical center or not. All candidates must have read a paper adjudged to be of the standard required for qualification for membership in persons to the society. There are 117 founding members living in Ghana and 14 living outside. 12 of the founding members have died.
Current President : Professor Francis Abantanga, Department of Surgery, KATH
The programme began with an emotive email from Prof Lade Worsonu, who was to chair the function, to Prof Samuel explaining his absence on grounds of illhealth. Prof Lade . The email detailing certain aspects of procedures he had undertaken in prevention of pulmonary embolism included the placement of a caval filter.
several interesting papers were presented. Some were still in progress whilst others were completed works. Young surgeons were given chance to present papers of their own. This we hope to encourage more upcoming surgeons to take up the art and science of research and publication. Below are some of the works that were presented
1.ASSESSING TRAUMA CARE ABILITIES OF THE NORTHERN GHANA HEALTH CENTERS.
School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University for Development Studies
Tamale Teaching Hospital, Tamale, Ghana
2. SEVERE COMPLICATIONS OF CIRCUMCISION: AN ANALYSIS OF 76 CASES AT KOMFO ANOKYE TEACHING HOSPITAL, KUMASI – GHANA.
DR KWAKU ADDAI ARHIN APPIAH
3. Prevalence of cholelithiasis among persons undergoing abdominal ultrasound at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital .
1,2A Gyedu, 2K Adae-Aboagye, 2A Badu-Peprah
1School of Medical Sciences/KNUST; 2Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
4. A novel way to individualize treatment for breast cancer ‘The bigger picture.
A novel model for optimizing efficacy of chemotherapy.
Frank N Ghartey Jnr,
Department of Chemical pathology,
School of Medical Sciences, UCC.