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EA21 Newsletter: The Sir Robert MacIntosh Lecture - “Anaesthesia Workforce Pipeline: Pass on the Baton”

Friday December 17, 10:00 – 10:30 – Channel 2

This year’s Sir Robert Macintosh lecture discussing the anaesthesia workforce will be given by Professor of Anaesthesia Bisola Onajin-Obembe, the University of Port Harcourt and Consultant Anaesthesiologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria.

She will explain that the insufficient surgical workforce including a lack of physician led-anaesthesia care is a major barrier to safe essential and emergency care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The global surgical workforce map showed that a third of the world is served by only 12% of the specialist surgical workforce. The global anaesthesia workforce map showed that anaesthesiologists are scarce in LMIC.

The concept of an “anaesthesia workforce pipeline” refers to a pool of anaesthetists ready to work at all the levels required within a country’s healthcare system. The concept of “pass on the baton” is an allusion to a relay race in which one runner hands a baton to the next runner. Therefore, passing the baton occurs when we successfully hand over a particular duty or responsibility, this technique allows us to pass the baton to the next generation.

Professor Onajin-Obembe says: “I will illustrate the failure to pass the baton using the most recent experience in Uganda. Although the country enjoyed international partnerships prior to the coronavirus pandemic, they left Uganda without a prepared workforce. This is because of failure to train and empower the next generation of specialists to pass the baton to.”

Nigeria enjoyed international partnerships in the early 1960s following an initiative taken by Dr Moses Majekodunmi, the Nigerian minister of health at that time. Dr Shirley Fleming from the University of Toronto, Canada organized the first autonomous department of anaesthesia in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa from 1962-1968. After training the workforce, Dr Shirley Fleming passed on the baton to the next departmental chair, namely Dr Wesley Famewo who later passed it on to Dr Dorothy Foulkes-Crabbe. This Canadian-Nigerian Collaboration influenced the growth of anaesthesia in Nigeria and Africa.

Professor Onajin-Obembe concludes: “I will share the outcome of an implementation action research using the diploma in anaesthesia (DA) programme of the West African College of Surgeons. It is participatory and can strategically increase the anaesthesia workforce pipeline. The DA can contribute to scaling up anaesthesia services, strengthening the workforce, as well as encourage ‘brain gain’ as demonstrated at the Federal Medical Center, Abuja, Nigeria.”

 

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26 replies

Durotolu Adeleke
Dear Prof BOO, Thank you for always rising up to the occasion. Thank you for always raising the car and for the way you raise it too. Thank you for the way you reinforce concepts with relatable illustrations. We are so proud of you Ma’am. Well done Prof.
8 months ago
Dr O Solanke
Congratulations my Prof. I respect the limitless energy you have to shake the fraternity on this unresolved problem. May the good Lord continue to bless you with the strength and let there compassion in the hearts of man to listen and address this problem.
8 months ago
Dr.Oyewopo C.I
Congratulations to you ma. Greater heights in Jesus name.Amen
8 months ago
Dr. Tunde Olawoye
Congratulations Ma. We are proud of you.
8 months ago
Prof ElizabethnOgboli Nwasor
Congratulations Madam IPP
8 months ago
Alhassan Datti Mohammed
Very apt, Prof Obembe. At the moment, we are replicating your feat you achieved at the FMC Abuja under the Liberia Anaesthesia Capacity Building Project of the WFSA (very privileged to be the Technical Lead). It's worth noting that you were a signatory (on behalf of NSA) to the MOU which has produced 3 WACS Diplomates for Liberia so far! Congratulations Ma!
8 months ago
MOHAMMED RABIU
Congratulations Prof
8 months ago
Oludasola
Professor Bisola Onajin - Obembe, always inspiring! Congratulations mummy 🎉❤
8 months ago
Dr. Chiamaka C. Keke
Congratulations Prof. for zeal . Well done
8 months ago
Dr OLANREWAJU OLUBUKOLA OYEDEPO
Congratulations ma, well done.
8 months ago
Dr Bassey Edem
Congratulations my very personal President and Boss. Thank you for your zeal for the uplifting of anaesthesia.
8 months ago
Aderonke Adesiyan
Great. Congratulations Ma. Well done. So proud of you.
8 months ago
MERCY EKANEM-NESIAMA
Congratulations Prof Onajin-Obembe
8 months ago
Ayodeji Oluwatominiyi
Congratulations ma
8 months ago
Dr Usman Adinoyi Mohammed
Congrats ma
8 months ago
Aghadi ifeanyi kene
Congratulations Ma , continue to fly the flag of Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists. We are very proud of you.
8 months ago
NK Obi
Amazing! Mega congratulations Prof!
8 months ago
Maj Gen (Dr) Obashina Ogunbiyi FNAMed, mni
Hearty Congratulations to our very own Prof Bisola Onajin-Obembe for this great recognition. She has been an ardent and professed author of several scientific manuscripts on Workforce in Anaesthesia, especially in LMIC. More grace.
8 months ago
Dr Oluwayemisi Ekor
Congratulations Prof
8 months ago
Dr. RAJI SA
Congratulations ma
8 months ago
Dr. Akpezi Ogbuigwe
You have always been a touch bearer and an inspiration. Thanks for being an exemplary leader in the field of anaestesia.
8 months ago
Bunmi Ajala
Congratulations Prof
8 months ago
Fortune Uzuegbu
Congratulations ma. We shall be the legacy you live behind in Anaesthesia some day in the future.
8 months ago
Mrs Folasade Onajin- Odebiyi
Massive and heartfelt congratulations to Professor Bisola Onajin-Obembe. So so proud of you.
8 months ago
Prof. Sunny Chinenye
Very interesting virtual meeting
8 months ago
M AYO-ADEYEMO
Congratulations to Professor Onajin-Obembe.
8 months ago

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