HELD IN LAGOS FROM JULY 18TH -22ND 2016.
The Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria held its 9th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Lagos State from 18th -22nd July 2016. There was a large turn out in attendance by participants including Gastroenterologists, Surgeons, Pathologists, General Practitioners, Resident Doctors and Nurses. Resource persons came from within Nigeria and majorly from South Africa, Europe, North America and India amongst other countries. It witnessed a Scientific Conference observed by attendees to be robust in content. The Annual General Meeting that followed ended in peaceful elections of new officers.
The local organizing committee (LOC) under the Chairmanship of Dr. Mobolaji Oludara, a Consultant General Surgeon, also included Dr Mrs Funke Adeleye Consultant Gastroenterologist as Secretary. The other members were drawn majorly from the Lagos university teaching hospital, Idiaraba and the Lagos state university teaching hospital, Ikeja.
The Conference theme and Sub themes were :
- Theme: “Modern Technology in Gastrointestinal Practice”
- Sub themes : (i) Basic and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery.
(ii) Recent Update in Management of Viral Hepatitis.
(iii) Radiological Interventions in GI Practice.
(iv) Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
(v) Molecular Diagnostics in GI Pathology
The Preconference workshops took place at the Lagos state University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospitals, Ikeja whilst the main conference was held at the prestigious NECA House, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. Also held at Alausa was the Annual Dinner at the magnificent MEMORABLE Gardens. Hotel Accomodation for facilitators and guests was mainly at the PROTEA SELECT and DE RENAISSANCE Hotels in Alausa.
A press conference was organized on the first day of the Preconference workshop and was attended by SOGHIN President supported by the LOC Chairman, Dr Oludara and the Dr Funmi Lesi (Chairman Scientific Subcommittee), as well as Dr Onyekwere, ( Chairman Fund Raising Committee) Another press interview took place after the Opening ceremony on Thursday 21st July.
- PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS. (Attendance 170)
The Preconference workshop took place on the 18th and 19th July 2016 at LUTH, and LASUTH. Special skills enrichment programmes were organized for the Resident Doctors in Gasteroenterology, Surgery, and Pathology. The gastroenterology Nurses also had their special training session. The Surgical Preconference workshop was divided into a Basic Laparoscopic workshop in LUTH. This was anchored by Dr’s Osinowo, Adisa and Balogun at the LUTH surgical skills laboratory. The attendees had didactic lectures on Basic Laparoscopic surgery which was followed by Dry labs experience and Wet Labs experience using anaesthetized 40kg Pigs. They were able to perform basic procedures of Peg transfer, hand eye coordination, Intracorporeal and extracorporeal suturing and later Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies on the anaesthetized Pigs. At LASUTH Laparoscopic surgery was performed anchored by Dr M. A. Oludara. Facilitators included the Conference Guest Lecturer Professor Fiemu Nwariakwu, Dr Talwar ( From Manipal Hospital, India). Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies were performed.
raining in upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy was done at the WGO endoscopy center at LUTH under the supervision of local and international faculty staff including Professor Patrick Okolo, Professor Sandie Thomson. Pathology preconference workshop which was held at the White house in the department of Anatomical pathology in LUTH was well attended
- WELCOME COCKTAIL.
The welcome cocktail took place in the evening of Wednesday 20th July at the Foyer space of the Main Hall of the NECA House. It was an opportunity for participants to network amongst themselves whilst enjoying the ambience of the magnificent NECA house.
- BEST OF EASL POSTGRADUATE TRAINING ( Attendance 245)
This took place at the NECA house on Wednesday 20th July. It was well attended. The facilitators were from the South African Gastro-foundation – Professors Sandie Thomson, Reid Ally, Damon Bizos, the European association on the study of Liver disease- Professors Mark Thurz and Frank Tacke.
- MAIN CONFERENCE (Attendance 192)
The main conference took place on 21st and 22nd July 2016 at the NECA House. Events went on simultaneously in the Main Hall, the Osunkeye Hall, the Abuja Hall as well as the Bauchi hall which hosted the Exhibitions. The Opening Ceremony witnessed a huge attendance. The Chairman of the Opening Ceremony was His Excellency, General Yakubu Gowon, Former Head of State, and Hepatitis Goodwill Ambassador in Nigeria. He was supported by the representative of His Excellency, Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akin Ambode in the person of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr Olufemi Onanuga. Also in attendance was the representative of the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State Dr. Jide Idris in the person of the Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Professor David Wale Oke.
A welcome Address by Chairman LOC was followed by Address by the national president of SOGHIN, Professor Musa Borodo. The Chairman of the Ocassion, in his opening remarks called upon SOGHIN to join him also in the fight against Hepatitis at the grass root level. The Guest Lecture was deliverd by Professor Fiemu Nwariaku of the University of Texas South Western Medical center. The Topic was ” The Impact of Newer Technologies in the management of diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract.” The event was rounded up with goodwill messages from the Guests of honour and thereafter a tour of the exhibition ground by the Chairman. In all six symposia and three scientific sessions of oral abstract presentation were held over 2 days. Most of the presentations touched on state of the art procedures and updates in knowledge in various disciplines and specialties in Gastroenterology and Hepatology especially Radiologic interventions and Various forms of Hepatectomies apart from a robust Hepatitis forum. Participant turn out was magnanimous and unprecedented.