An estimated 234 million major operations are performed around the world each year, corresponding to one operation for every 25 people. However, The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery 2030 estimated that around 5 billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed. According to the Minister of Health, access is worst in low-income and lower-middle-income countries, where nine of ten people cannot access basic surgical care. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Muhammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the Opening Ceremony for the 21st ASEAN Congress of Anaesthesiologists yesterday morning at the Rizqun International Hotel also outlined that in developed countries, major complications from surgical operations are reported to occur in 3 to 16 percent of in-patient surgical procedures, with permanent disability or death rates of approximately 0.4 to 0.8 percent.

According to the Minister of Health, the need of increasing access to safe surgical care also calls for a parallel increase in access to safe anaesthesia. Anaesthetic complications remain a substantial cause of surgical deaths globally, despite having safety and monitoring standards, which in developed countries, have significantly reduced unnecessary deaths and disability.

Earlier, Doctor Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health as president of the Brunei Society of Anaesthesiologists among other matters said the theme for this year's congress is 'Together Embracing Innovation and Enhancing Quality'. The theme was chosen to reflect the advances and the importance of quality and standards of anaesthesia, critical care and pain management in the ASEAN region. At the event, a 5,000 dollar cheque was presented by the Brunei Society of Anaesthesiologists to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital fund. The event is hosting 125 international participants from 21 countries and 92 local participants. The 2-day congress will include a pre-congress workshop on ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks, 5 plenary lectures from prominent speakers and three concurrent symposia from more than 50 prominent overseas speakers.

Source: Radio Television Brunei