Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade, weekend, tasked orthopaedic surgeons in Nigeria to devise local solutions to addressing bones and joint problems suffered by patients.
Ayade gave the charge during the 44th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Orthopaedic Association at the Monty Suite, Calabar.
The governor who lauded the association for the choice of Calabar as the venue for the conference, with the theme: “The Burden of Geriatric Trauma”, noted that the theme of the conference could not have been more apt.
This, he said, is because “as orthopaedic surgeons, you are the greatest nightmare of the public. The sight of an orthopaedic surgeon brings sanity to your life, because the trauma that comes with it, is an absolute nightmare.”
Challenging the orthopaedic surgeons to begin to look inward for solutions to what has become an old-age problem, Ayade regretted that “geriatric surgery, which has to do with old age, is something you cannot control. It is a natural phenomenon.”
Decrying the pains associated with orthopaedic treatments, Ayade asked, “What have you orthopaedic surgeons done to see how you can devise a solution for this trauma? No treatment, unless it is half treated, could come with pains. Since it is a scientific conference, l will rather leave you with these challenges.”
Speaking further on the attendant pains and trauma that come with bone surgery, he further enquired, “First, is there any way we can snap off the pain by somehow sending a code that can put the sensory nerves into absolute control so that they can put the pain under control in the process of surgery?”
Continuing, he needled the bone surgeons, “Is there a scientific possibility that we can reverse the lack of minerals in the bones? Is there a possibility to sustain muscular functions with age? It is a scientific conference because it is scientific, it is supposed to be research-oriented and the discussions are supposed to be apt.
“So, why will you, as orthopaedic surgeons limit yourselves to the current practices? After all, it is calcium and phosphate. You can also get proteins which are major properties held together by calcium and phosphate to sustain the bones at optimal performance even at old age. The orthopaedic challenge is global but the solution has to be local because lifestyle is different, as our food is local.”
The governor who promised to engage some orthopaedic surgeons to man the orthopaedic unit of the Cross River-German Specialist Hospital, Obudu, challenged the conference to come out with a specific international statement that challenges orthodox beliefs. “So I look forward to a Calabar declaration that would scientifically question most of the previously held belief systems of medicine and orthopaedic trauma in particular.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigerian Orthopedic Association, Zone 3, Dr Cosmas Ihezie, thanked Governor Ayade for his support for the conference to be hosted in Calabar. He also particularly commended the governor for the provision of an 18-seater bus to the local Nigerian Medical Association.
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Ayade tasks orthopaedic surgeons on local solutions to bones, joints problems. Ayade tasks orthopaedic surgeons on local solutions to bones, joints problems.