Prof. Titus Ibekwe, Zonal Coordinator, Abuja branch of the organization said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the ICS Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, on Sunday in Abuja.
The theme of the conference is “Global COVID-19 Pandemic: Effects on Safe Surgical Services, Training, and Research’’.
The Conference also has sub-themes: “Creating and Sustaining equal opportunities locally in providing high-end surgical services, Challenges of developing and sustenance of surgical sub-specialties in Nigeria”.
Ibekwe, who is also Chairman of, the Local Organizing Committee of the conference said the gesture was part of its cooperative social responsibilities
He said the surgeries which included obstetrics and gynecology, urological, endoscopic/laser, Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), and eye among others were carried out in Maitama, Asokoro, and Nyanya General Hospitals.
The Chairman who identified ICS as a humanitarian organization whose motto is “giving back to the society,” said members donated their talents freely to help mankind, especially the less privileged in the society.
According to him, the exercise is to bring health to the doorsteps of the masses who could not afford healthcare services due to economic hardship
“We started this program with medical outreach and we can successfully execute over 150 surgeries.
“We adopted a model whereby beneficiaries were drawn from hinterlands for security reasons and brought to the city center.
“ICS was able to actualize this through the dedication of the Outreach Committee members led by Prof. Regina Morgan and supported by Dr. Evaristus Azodo. The overwhelming support of the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, and administration and partners served as the bedrock
“The exercise is a way of supporting the government and the populace, especially the less privilege who cannot afford any of these services because a good number of these surgeries can only be accessed outside the country by the rich,’’ he said.
The Chairman pledged the commitment of the college towards uplifting the country’s health sector through a reduction in the disease burden.
Ibekwe who decried the high disease burden of the country as well as other developing countries said through sustained free medical outreaches and surgeries ICS would reduce the disease burden and scale up health indices.
On the conference theme, Dr. Maurice Ezeoke, President, ICS Nigerian Section described the theme as apt in view of the disruption to surgical services experienced globally in the past few years.
He said the organization’s mission was to foster worldwide surgical excellence through education, training, fellowship, and humanitarian effects.
According to him, its vision is to improve the lives of patients through the development and education of members and the advancement of the medical field.
“The mission of ICS founding fathers was to establish a college that would bring surgeons of all nations, specialties, and peoples together.
“This is to build a force for international cooperation, understanding, goodwill, and peaceful development of the art and science of surgery,
“Its vision is to improve the lives of patients through the development and education of members and advancement of the medical field.
“ICS is out to give their talent and everything they have to salvage the society hence we collaborate with the FCT minister to give succor to the very poor in the society.”
NAN reports that ICS, is a global organization founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1935 by Dr. Max Thorex with headquarters in Chicago.
The high point of the conference was the foundation laying ceremony of the ICS Secretariat in Abuja.