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West African College of Surgeons (WACS)


After a brilliant undergraduate and postgraduate career in the United Kingdom, a young Camerounian decided to return to West Africa to continue his march to the excellence of the science and the art of Surgery. It was in the late months of 1959 and his name was Victor Anoma Ngu. On the same flight was Dr Charles Bowesman, a British Surgeon in the services of the Ghana Government at Kumasi. Either as a diversion from fear or to ward off the boredom of air travel, they discussed the need for Surgeons in practice in West Africa to meet occasionally and exchange experiences in surgical problems that relate to the local milieu. When the plane landed in Accra. It was the last time that Victor saw or heard from Dr Bowesman but it was the beginning of the associations of Surgeons West Africa.

In January 1975, the West African College of Surgeons was by resolution inaugurated as a constituent college of the West African Postgraduate Medical College (WAPMC), a specialized agency of the West African Health Community.

WACS has intensified its training programme through the frequent organization of postgraduate courses in Lagos, Accra, Benin, and Ibadan. Many more are planned in in more diverse centers in collaboration with existing institutions in the area. The Diplomas of the College are recognized in the participating countries and guarantied by the signatories of the West African Health Community Treaty.

WACS promotes, organizes and conducts postgraduate education and training in Surgery, related disciplines and specialties in West Africa through the composition of Faculties. In this regard, Surgery includes the sub-specialties of: Anaesthesiology, Dental Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Oto-rhino-laryngology, and Radiology.