- Decries High level Postoperative Pains in Nigeria.

The Society for the Study of Pain in Nigeria (SSPN) has converged in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for its 20th annual national conference.

While giving the opening remark at the conference, the Chairman of the conference who is also the Head of Rheumatology at LASUTH, Professor Femi Adelowo assured the participants of a robust programme that will help the upcoming professional acquire more skill in pain management through the launch of the “Global year against Pain after Surgery”.

Prof. Adelowo stated that everything has been properly put in place to make the conference a success stressing that presentations by guest speakers are tailored to the need of the participants in terms of new concepts of pain and pain management given the theme of the conference; Pain after Surgery and the Subtheme titled “Cancer Pain”.

Adelowo, however commended the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Professor Wale Oke for hosting the conference at LASUTH for the second time in the last two years.

In her welcome address, the National President of SSPN, Prof. Folayemi Faponle has said that improper pain management implies that many patients are left suffering after surgery while stressing that transfer of knowledge responsible for pain management is not happening at an appropriate pace most especially considering the burden of pain in our environment.

Prof. Faponle lamented the lack of research to establish baseline data for postoperative pains in Nigeria citing that series of declarations and actions by national and international bodies advocating better pain control were prompted by concerns that scientific advances are not being matched by better treatment.

The professor anesthesia has called on policy makers to make policies on the management of pain that describe the burden of pain, its impact and intervention to reduce it while stressing that such policy should serve as impetus to clinicians, educators, administrators, governments and professional organizations involved in the establishment and maintenance of standard for pain services in order to take steps in preventing the continued suffering of millions of people citing the Montreal Declaration which asserts the human rights of those in pain.

Prof. Faponle charge the participants to see the conference as an avenue to start the improvement on pain management in Nigeria; while also urging authorities to reduce the barriers to pain management.

While declaring the conference open, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH represented by the Director of Clinical Services and Training (DCST), Dr. Ayoade Adedokun described LASUTH as the zenith of healthcare in Lagos State.

Dr Adedokun further stated that as pain management is vital so are the pain practitioners at all level.

In his keynote address, a consultant Oncologist who is a senior lecturer at the Lagos State College of Medicine, Dr. Abiodun Popoola decries the late presentation of cancer in an advanced stage describing this stage as a stage of inevitable chronic pains which could be physical, emotional or social.

A short drama presentation was staged to describe the adverse effect of pain and pain management by healthcare providers.


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