HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: AO Foundation, a Switzerland-based non-profit organisation, hosted for the first time a training course on Principles in Operative Fracture Management. The foundation is committed to enhance knowledge of orthopaedic surgeons globally on how to perfectly operate on trauma victims.
Forty-five junior orthopaedic surgeons and students of orthopaedics from across the country took part in the three-day seminar at Nepali Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Jorpati. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ram Kewal Shah, Dr Ramesh Prasad Singh, Mahesh Srivastav, Dr Dipak Mahara, Dr Subhas B Sah imparted training to the participants together with orthopaedic surgeon Dr Dhawal Desai from India and Dr Sura Pong from Thailand. They had recently received advanced training in Switzerland. Dr Ram Kewal Shah said such trainings used to be held only in the US and Europe in the past. Now on, AO Foundation will annually conduct such training in Nepal, he said, expressing hope that the training would enable Nepali orthopaedic surgeons to perform flawless surgeries in Nepal.
Dr Shah, Asia representative of the foundation, said even senior doctors were not aware of advanced skills of trauma management in the past. The foundation has also been organising trauma management training programmes for paramedical staff in Nepal since 2005.
“Training for paramedical staff is also very important as only a trained professional can rightly manage the patients’ trauma better and refer them to appropriate health centres,” he added. Founded in Switzerland in 1958 under the name of Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (Association for the Study of Internal Fixation), the foundation today represents the world’s leading knowledge organisation in osteosynthesis.