5 billion people lack access to anaesthesia, surgical care — Expert


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By Ike Uchechukwu,Calabar

The President-Elect, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, Dr. Wayne Morriss says 5 billion out of the world’s 7 billion population have no access to safe, affordable anaesthesia and surgical care.

He maintained that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to make the situation worse but tasked anaesthetics worldwide to work together to improve access to patients.

Dr. Morriss disclosed this in his virtual address during the 28th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists, held in collaboration with the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.

The conference held virtually at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and had as theme: “The Anaesthesiologist in Contemporary times”.

His words: “Anaesthesiologists around the world have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 saving lives in emergency rooms, intensive care units and operating theatres.

“No country is…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper