WSU Health Sciences Hosts National Symposium

The WSU faculty of Health Sciences recently welcomed national and international practising and training doctors at the Mthatha Health Resource Centre as it hosted the annual South African Society of Surgeons in Training (SASSiT) Symposium.

 

The symposium focused on improving strategies used by surgical doctors to promote a better health care for both rural and urban areas. Leading the organising team was head of department of surgery, Prof Steven Monao.

 

“This is the second time that WSU is hosting the event and every time we host it we receive very positive feedback from our visitors,” said Monao.

 

He went on to say “The purpose of the symposium is to give training doctors a chance to interact with doctors in the field in order to exchange strategies of how to deal with certain diseases and illnesses. These trainees are also given a chance to present their chosen topics where they will be judged and the best presenter receives an award.”

 

Attending the Symposium were national and international medical schools including the University of KwaZulu Natal, Witwatersrand University, University of Zimbabwe, amongst others.

 

Doctors and registrars presented their research in their practising and training fields. These research topics surrounded issues of hypertension, breast cancer, pancreatic ascites, retroperitoneal haematoma, carotid artery injuries and many more.

 

“Coming to WSU this year, I have met many enthusiastic doctors that I would like to work with. One person that caught my attention was Dr Siganga who had a presentation GIST: Pathology, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies,” said Kennedy Mngoma from Sefako Makgato University in Pretoria.

 

Representing the institution where Dr Desemela who focused on ‘Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer: D1 resection should be the standard of care’. He was accompanied by Dr Gaju, Dr Mzayiya, Dr Grant amongst others.

 

Meanwhile, Prof Singh from the University of KwaZulu Natal emphasised on the the teaching and learning processes of the Surgery side.

 

“We should establish training and mentoring strategies based on the people’s needs. There must be people who are willing to transfer their skills as general surgeons and be exemplary to trainees,” said Singh.

 

Presentations are set to continue on Wednesday with Dr Malongwe from the Mthatha Campus leading the presentations under his ‘AAA: Aetiology, Traditional and Advances in Management’.

 

By: Ongeziwe Sigodi

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