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Inaugural Ceremony of World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) Lagos Training Center, April 18, 2015

April 28, 2015

The World Gastroenterology Organization has established endoscopy-training centers in Egypt, South Africa and various countries across the globe. It was with great pride that the Lagos Center was inaugurated as the 17th WGO Training Center worldwide (the first in West Africa) on April 18, 2015. This Center is a collaboration of the WGO, Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN) and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). It is established to enhance and deepen the skills of digestive endoscopy in Nigeria and the Sub-region.

The inaugural ceremony took place at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and was attended by over one hundred and fifty people (150) with the LUTH Chief Medical Director, Professor Chris Bode as the Chief Host. Professor Musa Borodo (Kano) and Professor Damon Bizos (South Africa) represented SOGHIN and WGO respectively. The Chairman of the occasion was Dr. (Mrs) Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu. The Special guests of the day were pioneers in GI in Nigeria and included Prof. Folabi Olumide, Prof. J.T. Da Rocha Afodu, Prof. Bashir Akande and Prof. Wole Atoyebi.

Professor Musa Borodo expressed how the practice of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy has revolutionized the field of digestive medicine and Surgery and highlighted the vision of the Lagos Training Center to enhance and deepen the skill of digestive endoscopy in Nigeria and the Sub-region. He welcomed the WGO International collaborators and guests from the Gastroenterology Foundation of South Africa and others from USA and Europe.

The international guest lecture on “Evolution and current role of GI endoscopy in clinical care’ delivered by Prof. Patrick Okolo of John Hopkins Hospital, USA was outstanding. He came to Lagos especially for this event. The Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu (Chairman of LUTH Management Board) unveiled the special plaque provided by the WGO and declared the Center open.

As part of the inauguration activities, an endoscopy-training workshop with hands-on training was conducted for trainees in medical and surgical gastroenterology with international facilitators

We acknowledge the Management of LUTH for it’s outstanding support and the Karl Storz (Germany) who has provided the state-of-the art endoscopic equipment to support and maintain 3 modern endoscopy suites in the Lagos Training Center.

We particularly acknowledge the partnership of the Gastroenterology Foundation of South Africa and their support in providing international facilitators, organizing a complementary Training of Trainers (TOT) programme and sponsoring the international postgraduate course for Nigerian trainees. Karin and the SAGF secretariat expertly facilitated the course organization and administration.

We have great hopes for the Center. It is often said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Thus, the opening of the Center was the first step. We look forward to a fruitful and long lasting collaboration with the Gastro Foundation of South Africa as we raise the standards of training and practice of GI endoscopy in Nigeria and indeed West Africa.

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