Nigeria to host 900 African heart surgeons
Due to the successes achieved by Nigeria in open heart surgery, the country has been chosen to host this year’s congress of the African Association of Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons (AATCVS).
The event, to be held in Enugu, is scheduled for the Golden Royal Hotel, from September 11-15, 2017. The theme for this year’s congress is safe, effective and sustainable cardiovascular surgery in Africa.
Chairman of the local organizing committee, Prof. Martin Aghaji, told the media at a press conference in Enugu, that over 900 delegates from all over Africa would participate in the brain-storming congress. They would be led by the association’s President, Prof K.H. Yageni-Angate of Côte d’Ivoire.
Aghaji of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, disclosed that the session would be a bi-lingual congress in English and French, with all papers translated to the two key languages.
The renowned cardiologist explained that this year’s assembly coincides with the 50 years anniversary of the world’s first human to human heart transplant performed in South-Africa on December 3, 1967, by Prof Christian Bernard of South Africa.
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