Togo: National Surgeons Association holds 3rd Congress

Friday, 01 March 2024 13:35
Togo: National Surgeons Association holds 3rd Congress

(Togo First) - The Surgeons Association of Togo (STOCHIR) held its third congress last week, February 22 and 23. The meeting focused on how the physicians could best contribute to the government’s Universal Health Insurance (UHI) program. 

The event was themed "Surgery's Contribution to Universal Healthcare".  Its main goal was to find solutions that support the UHI’s implementation.

On the occasion, Prof. Komla Akakpo-Numado, President of the SOTOCHIR, stressed that the UHI should help make medical equipment more accessible nationwide, among others. The program is already being rolled out. 

The surgeons present discussed the lack of surgeons in the country, in remote areas in particular, and the need for better surgery training and equipment.

In response to these bottlenecks, Prof. Akakpo-Numado proposed five key actions: continuing education, supporting specialization, increasing the number of teacher-researchers, equipping departments, and improving accessibility to surgical care.

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