‘T&T will become regional hub of medical training, research’
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says he is optimistic about making T&T the hub of the Caribbean for medical training and research.
He made this comment while delivering remarks at the opening of the two-day World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anaesthesia (WCSOTA) at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, yesterday.
The congress was hosted by the Health Ministry in conjunction with International College of Surgeons (ICS) International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) the World of Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Among those present at the head table were Dr Fizan Abdullah (chair WCSOTA), Dr Julie Freischlag (chair, Board of Regents, ACS), Sir Sabaratnam Arulkurmararan (president, FIGO), Max Downham (CEO, ICS) and Dr Hugo Van Aken (WFSA representative to WHO).
The objective of WCSOTA was bringing together regional and international experts from the public and private sectors to share the latest research, technology and innovation surrounding the global delivery of surgery, obstetrics, trauma, anaesthesia, nursing and midwifery.
To date, Khan said about 40,000 surgeries were performed in 2012.
During his address, Khan said: “I do believe in continuous health training. It is the reason we promote research and development. We are looking at advancement and being the hub of medical training. I have asked them to assist me in that training. It is about helping those who have and those who don’t have.”
Speaking during the break, Khan added, “We are starting off with the new hospitals and toying with the idea of having the American quality of surgeons accreditation programme outside of North America. I am glad we had Dr Julie Frieschlag. You can have international accreditation in London, Canada, United States and Britain. People will be coming.
“Once you have accredited hospitals, you will have medical and educational tourism and attract Caricom nationals. We will be developing the institute of post graduate specialisation. We could develop a link in Singapore with these American universities.”
Khan said he had asked Freischlag to link with him and all those major countries coming to do the programmes since it will raise the international accreditation.
Khan said he was concerned about global issues including the health of First Nation peoples (who live in natural habitats) who run the risk of being bitten by snakes or rupturing their appendix.
He also said women who develop urinary leakage problems during childbirth in Africa were shunned by society for life. They have developed a whole hospital around that problem.