Further training in surgery for Professor Dr. Delphin Mehinto from Benin

by sha, 2009/08/24

In June, Professor Stiegler, chief physician at the department of surgery at the clinic of Kaufbeuren-Ostallgäu had offered a training for the staff of the CNHU-hospital of Cotonou (Benin). Recently, his counterpart, Professor Mehinto, came to Kaufbeuren, to improve his skills further.

Good afternoon Professor Mehinto, you came to the Allgäu from Benin at the end of July. Did you experience cultural shock?

Oh no, since I had already been to France. The language is different, but in surgery acting is more important than talking. Apart from that, everybody was very helpful here, some doctors speak French and then, I speak English, too. There were no problems regarding language.

You came to Germany in order to improve your operative skills further. What does your work day look like?

Every day, I join the medical team around Professor Stiegler in the operating room and observe the work of the physicians, look over their shoulder. Vascular surgery in Benin is still at its very beginning. Much pioneer work has to be done and I have to learn a lot.

Prof. Delphin Mehinto after a long day of observations at the clinic of Kaufbeuren-Ostallgäu. Photo: humedica/sha

What are the working conditions like in the CNHU-Hospital Cotonou and in Benin in general?

In an African-wide comparison, the conditions are quite good. In Cotonou we have got a medical centre, but the further north one goes, the worse health care gets. Still, sterilization before surgical procedures represents a big problem. It’s not like here, in Germany. Fortunately, there are not so many wound infections. Yet nevertheless, we have to improve sterilization and create the necessary infrastructure.

To what extent will training be continued at the hospital of Cotonou? Which human resources can use?

CNHU-Hospital is a university hospital where many students are trained before they go to smaller hospitals. The transfer and improvement of working structures is very important. In this area, we have to learn a lot here in Germany and adapt it to the conditions in Benin.

Thanks to the ongoing project, the situation for dialysis patients in Cotonou has already improved. What difficulties do you have to face at the moment?

Above all, the lack of operative material and surgical instruments. For our dialysis patients, we are searching for four dialysis machines together with humedica.

Four more dialysis machines are needed in the CNHU-Hospital in Cotonou in order to provide sufficient care for patients. Photo: humedica

Why is it so important to continue this project for patients with renal insufficiency?

It is very important. Unfortunately, we are registering an increase in the number of patients with renal insufficiency in Benin and we are the only hope for these people. We have to continue on this path even if financial problems arise, we have to help these people.

What are the greatest challenges for you personally?

The greatest challenge for me is the detailed and exact acquisition of surgical techniques so that I can pass my knowledge on to the physicians in Cotonou.

Thank you very much for the interview. We wish you and your family all the best and may God bless your work in Benin.

Thank you very much. I would like to use the opportunity to thank Wolfgang Gross and the whole humedica-team for their commitment. My special thanks go to Mr. Prof. Stiegler and his medical team who gave me the opportunity to expand my surgical knowledge.

A patient during dialysis. Photo: humedica

Some more information:

Dr. Koussemou, you are also a physician at the clinic in Kaufbeuren and, by way of working for the OREDOLA association, you are actively involved in improving the conditions in your home country Benin. humedica and OREDOLA are project partners; please give us a short overview of your work.

Since 2001, we have been involved in improving medical care in Benin. We try to give physicians from Benin the opportunity to spend some time at our clinic in Germany so that they can improve their skills and help many people. We are in close contact with health authorities in Benin, yet we also depend upon financial support since we are a very small association. We greatly appreciate cooperating with humedica.

Dr. Koussemou, thank you very much for these additional pieces of information and also for your kind and helpful service in translating.

Further plans for Benin:

Next year, Professor Stiegler will go on a further teaching stay to Benin. During this one-week stay, he will give further training and lectures for the physicians in the department of vascular surgery.

Please donate now so that we will be able to continue our project for dialysis patients in Benin and guarantee long-term developmental aid. Thank you very much!

humedica e. V.
Reference "Benin"
Account 47 47
Bank Code 734 500 00
Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You are also welcome to make an online donation via the following link: Benin. Thank you very much for supporting us in any way.

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