General surgery is a surgical specialty discipline that focuses on abdominal contents including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. They also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue, trauma, peripheral vascular surgery and hernias, along with Endoscopic procedures such as Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy. General Surgeons not only perform surgeries for a wide range of common ailments, but are also responsible for patient care before, during, and after the surgery.
Surgically treated illnesses account for an estimated 10 to 15% of all admissions to hospitals in the developing world and are the prime cause of 20% of deaths in young adults. In spite of this, surgical conditions are neglected in healthcare systems in sub-Saharan Africa. There is limited access to surgical services and accordingly low surgical output compared to developed nations. Statistics show that sub-Saharan Africa bears the greatest burden of surgical disease yet it has the lowest number of health professionals.
The reasons for limited access to surgical services are numerous, including but not limited to inadequate Human Resources for Health (HRH), limited surgical supplies, and lack of transportation to get to the distant health facilities that can offer the appropriate surgical services.
The situation calls for adequate and skilled clinicians who are constantly backed by evolved infrastructure and superior support staff. The need for quality surgeons in sub-Saharan Africa is so profound that it’s genuinely difficult to comprehend.
At Mediheal Group of Hospitals, we understand the prevailing situation in this part of the world and the issues healthcare institutions face in providing quality general surgery services. We work towards addressing these issues by introducing changes to create new priorities in clinical practice, education, and research. We undertake innovative and rewarding solutions to boost the efficacy of general surgery to provide efficient surgical services to the communities in Africa.