President of Africa-Middle East Association of Gastroenterology, AMAGE, Prof. Hussein Abdel-Hamid, has pledged the support of the body to Nigerian physicians in the research and management of diseases of the digestive system and internal medicine in general.
Speaking at the closing dinner of the 6th AMAGE congress held at the Tinapa Business Resort near Calabar from November 22 to 24, Prof. Abdel-Hamid said the hosting of the congress in Nigeria, the first time in Africa, has successfully removed the barrier between the medical community in sub-Saharan Africa and their counterparts in the Northern part of the continent.
He disclosed that Nigeria was chosen because of its important position as one of the important gates to the Sub-Saharan African region, adding that the goal of the congress, held every two years in different countries of the world, was to bring people together irrespective of their race, colour, culture or religion.
Abdel-Hamid said: “We can now cooperate and share ideas and AMAGE will ensure this is followed up. Our ambition is to extend operations to more countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. We will not forget Nigeria.”
Earlier in one of the scientific sessions, Prof. Abraham Malu of Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, had called on the World Gastroenterology Organisation, WGO, to help establish a gastroenterology centre in Nigeria to address the current challenges faced by internal medicine specialists.