By Our Reporter
In a bid to address the shortage of surgeons in the country, the college of health sciences at Makerere University has embarked on a project to training medical officers in essential surgical skills.
The project team leader Professor Sam Luboga revealed that there is only 1 surgeon per 400,000 patients in different hospitals which has brought the implications like limited access to life-saving surgical services.
Prof Luboga also revealed that the project piloted in 25 districts seeks to empower the medical officers with surgical skills gap in order to address heavy surgical workload, high maternal mortality rates, and high case fatality rate for injuries especially in rural areas.
Professor Luboga further attributed the shortage of Surgeons in the country the few training institutions that also churn out a few surgeons that later go for greener pasture abroad.
He however added that the surgical operations at general hospitals and health centre (Ivs) are done by the non-surgeon physicians which jeopardize the quality of surgical services in the country.