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UITH surgeons partner with veterinarians on environmental diseases



The Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) is collaborating with the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin on environmental diseases affecting both humans and animals.

Dr Lukman Abdurrahman, the Head of Department (HOD) of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, stated this on Monday during a workshop organised by UITH in conjunction with the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Unilorin.

Abdulrahman, who spoke on the theme: ”Intensive Advanced Surgical Skill”, said the programme was organised for surgoens in collaboration with Veterinarians in executing Advanced Surgical Skill Course.

He explained that participants would have hands-on surgical skills acquisition on anaesthetized animals.

The HOD said the collaboration will afford researches which is very necessary in relation to its endless relevance to humans.

He said for this to be possible, there is the need for the management to provide state-of-the-art equipment needed to perform surgeries.

According to him, the equipment would help in the teaching and learning process and also contribute to the provision of proper health care.

He urged surgeons to always participate in series of workshops that would be organised in the future, while pledging that the Department will continues to showcase its capability to execute world standard courses and workshops.

In his speech, Prof. Dasilva Yusuf, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UITH, observed that researches are very necessary in relations to its endless relevance to humans.

Also speaking, the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Suleiman Salami stressed the importance of the workshop, stating that a workshop of such will help to address unimaginable diseases, which are transferable from animals to humans.

He expressed optimism that the workshop can teach how to better treat such diseases.

In his remarks, the Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Julius Aiyedun, who was the host of the event, observed that such collaboration would make room for a more healthy environment.

According to him, there cannot be a good human public health without a good health of plants and animals just as every animal and plant have their respective roles in the ecosystem.

Some of the skills that were discussed include Gastrectonomy, Partial Hepatectomy, Ileal-neobladder with continent valve and the Yang-Monti procedure.

The lectures were also followed by hands-on training on animals.

Edited by Zainab Garba/Felix Ajide