Materia Medica Malaysiana

November 30, 2007

Training our own paediatric surgeons

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 10:56 am

Star: KUALA LUMPUR: There is only one paediatric surgeon in the country trained in laparoscopic surgery and the Health Ministry wants to increase this number over the next few years.
“We want to train as many as possible. There is only one and we have a long way to go,” director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said yesterday after opening the International Inaugural Paediatric Surgical Seminar organised by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
Another future plan was to have Malaysia eventually known for carrying out such training regionally and internationally, he said.
Overall, there were 20 paediatric surgeons in both the private and public sectors.
He said it was necessary to branch out into the speciality because there was a demand for it.
UKM was starting up an advanced surgical skills centre at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan, where it would provide training, research and services in laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery.
It has engaged Adelaide-based paediatric surgeon Prof Dr Tan Hock Lim to help establish the centre.

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