President, Nigerian Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (NAPRAS), Prof. Chubado Tahir, on Thursday said that quackery and malpractices were major challenges of aesthetic surgery in Nigeria.
Tahir made this known during the 25th and 13th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of NAPRAS and the Nigerian Burn Injuries Society (NBIS) in Calabar with the theme “Aesthetic Surgery in Nigeria: Awareness, Practices and Advances’’.
According to him, the conference which was a platform to appraise the gains in the practice of aesthetic surgery in Nigeria will also look at the extent of the problems and proffer solutions for the profession to move forward in the country.
He, however, noted that the theme of the 2019 conference was apt with the tremendous gains in popularity of aesthetic surgery in Nigeria.
“You will agree with me that the theme is very apt at this time with the delightful tremendous gains in population of aesthetic surgery in Nigeria, especially body contouring.
“This inevitably comes with the unfortunate problems of quackery and malpractices, leading to severe morbidity and even mortality in some cases,’’ he said.
The President of NBIS, Prof. Peter Olaitan, in his remarks said it was good that the professionals were all in Calabar to discuss issues affecting the practice of burn care givers.
He said the forum would also show steps that they had been taking to prevent burns and care of burn patients in their own corner.
Olaitan said the theme of the 2019 conference was: “Burn Mass Casualty: The Need for National Preparedness’’, because most times, the facilities were often overwhelmed due to mass casualties from domestic fire accidents.
He mentioned accidents such as road traffic crashes and occasionally, pipeline vandalism.
Olaitan noted that professionals should be looking for ways to prevent and reduce the incidents of burns in the country.
“This year, our sub-theme of `Reconstruction of Burned Face: Management and Challenges’ is also very interesting and I believe we will learn a lot from colleagues who have been able to manage this type of injuries.
“We will also share among ourselves the different ways of managing the complications that are often associated with damage of facial appendages and sometime blindness.
“This meeting promises to make us better professionals at the end. So, let us explore the opportunity this meeting gives in terms of collaboration in many areas of our care,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Roland Ndoma-Egba, said the profession of aesthetic surgery was at its lowest ebb in the country due to low publicity.
Ndoma-Egba said there was a high demand of aesthetic surgery in Nigeria as many people wanted to enhance different parts of their body to feel more comfortable with themselves.
He lauded the University of Calabar for having the Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery which was one of the most popular in the institution.
He, however, advised that the conference should not just concern itself with popularising the profession but to ensure that quacks do not invade the profession.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Scientific Conference and the AGM will end on Aug. 30 in Calabar.
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