Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Society (BMSS), a forum with the duty of creating awareness for medical surgeries without blood transfusion recently had its 5th annual scientific conference in University of Calabar, Calabar (Nigeria).
The conference themed: “From blood management to bloodless medicine – back to the future” was graced by prominent personalities in the field of blood transfusion surgery both in Africa and beyond.
Professor Ndoma Egba who was the chairman of the event, in his keynote address applauded the organizers of the conference for the industry invested into the event. Prof. Ndoma went on the express how pleased he was with the occasion, stating that he was proud to have associated with the lead organizer, Dr Nathaniel Usoro whom he had natured for a long time to make the project a reality.
Prof. Ndoma used the opportunity to appreciate the speakers even as he urged all the participants to take advantage of the rare opportunity to make the best out of it.
In a welcome address by the Co-Chairman of the 2019 Conference, Professor Anthony Udosen who was represented by Aniema Ita-Essien said this year’s theme was not only apt but philosophical and mind searching.
According to him, with the eminent international and local speakers, the conference had proffered solutions to most unanswered questions on evidence-based blood management in Nigeria and the continent at large.
Udosen who expressed confidence in the quality of the components that make up the conference said he was sure that the lead pilot and the entire team really put-in everything together to move the atmospheric stage of going “back to the future”.
In his words “…the conference has been wonderfully packaged with didactic papers, workshops, symposia, entertainment and tourists attractions. In this season where Nigeria is going to the next level, I’m happy to invite us to join this great pilot and indefatigable crusader, Dr Nathaniel Usoro and his team so they can take us to metaphorical stage of going “back to the future”. Welcome and have a nice time in Calabar.”
On his part, the President of BMSS, Dr Nathaniel Usoro who recounted how the journey started in 2007 just as a group of people, and then, progressed to a society in 2015 noted that the society has now gained recognition by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He said this is the first conference held by the society as a corporate organization.
While giving a historical background, Dr Usoro said there was a time surgeons carried out successful operations without blood transfusion. According to him, after performing more than five thousand operations, they had excellent outcomes, some of the surgeons won Laurels without blood transfusion because there was nothing like transfusion but when blood transfusion came in, we all forgot where we started adding that this is the basis at which the BMSS is creating awareness all over the world and wants us to all go “back to the future”.
The BMSS president while intimating that this year’s conference is unique in many ways said that the society has a brand new president in the person of Sherri Ozawa from USA.
The conference proceeded with lectures on some carefully selected topics; From blood management to bloodless medicine – back to the future: the North America experience delivered by Aryeh Shander MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Executive Director, BMSP, Englewood hospital, NJ, USA. The nurse coordinator in the BMSP presented by Sherri Ozawa RN, SABA President, Clinical Director, BMSP, Englewood, NJ, USA while Dr Innocent Okoawa of Safehands hospital, Lagos, Nigeria made justice to the topic;
BMSPs: the Africa experience.
The event also featured cultural displays as well as a question and answer session.