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Africa advances in eye surgery procedures

BY LAJA THOMAS

Further strides have been made in the quest to make African Ophthalmologists become better equipped to carry out very delicate eye surgeries. This followed completion in Lagos of the first annual teaching course on retinal and vitreous surgery, a special high-level skill building programme organised by Departments of Ophthalmology, University of Mannheim, Heidelberg, Germany, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, Eye Foundation Retina Institute, Nigeria and the Sub Saharan African Vitreo Retina Society.

Dr. Kunle Hassan, President, Africa Ophthalmological Forum, said the event equipped participants with some of the latest methods that can be deployed to treat and particularly carry out surgery on conditions that affect the retina, especially among diabetics.

He said the course was necessary in order to make more ophthalmologists in Africa become aware about advances made in the treatment procedures and equipment for available to carry out retinal surgery.

Hassan, who is also the President Nigeria Ophthalmological Society, added that the teaching course is part of global programme going round several cities in the world . The training held in Nigeria was the first in Africa. Participants were drawn from several African countries

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