GERALD D. MAYAYA
"INSTRUMENTS SET FROM WFNS FOUNDATION ARE VERY USEFUL AND IMPORTANT FOR US"
Dr. Gerald Mayaya was trained in Nairobi WFNS Training Center, starting his residency in 2011. Now he is back in Tanzania, with a 60.000.000 population and only 30 neurosurgeons, 20 times less than the expected ratio.
Dr. Mayaya is working at Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) with a 950-bed Capacity, serving a population of 16 Million people and attending around 300,000 patients each year. The surgical staff performs over 9,000 operations yearly covering the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Dr. Gerald D. Mayaya
Dr. Mayaya, you have benefited from the grants awarded by the WFNS Foundation, what has the experience been like? Do you feel privileged?
Yes, I have benefited from WFNS grants awards and I feel privileged. The time I got the scholarship I was so happy because it brought significant relief in terms of finances during the whole period of my training especially training away from my home country.
Is the world a safe place for Neurosurgical conditions?
In some areas, the world is safe, and in some areas, the world is unsafe for neurosurgical conditions. For example, you find a country with less than thirty (30) in steady of four hundred (400) Neurosurgeons, country populations sixty (60,000,000) millions that means the ratio of two million per neurosurgeon (1:2000, 000), that place cannot be a safe place.
Dr. Gerald D. Mayaya
How do the instrumentation sets sent by the WFNS Foundation help those hospitals that have fewer possibilities? Do they allow surgery to be performed at a higher level of quality?
Instruments set from the WFNS Foundation are very useful and important. I know two hospitals in which their surgeons were trained through the WFNS Foundation and they have been given a microscope, electrical drill, craniotomy set, and spine set. Those Centers had no neurosurgeon before and had no such instruments. These instruments help a surgeon to do quality surgery and help the patient from not getting the service, lower the cost of treatment, lower time for service and low the possibility of traveling far to get the service.
Dr. Gerald D. Mayaya about to start a pediatric neurosurgical operation
Will you apply to WFNS Foundation for equipment?
As a young neurosurgeon, I am missing a microscope, electrical drill, current craniotomy, and spine set.
Where and how did you do your training in neurosurgery?
Did my training through COSECSA (College of Surgeons For East, Central, and Southern Africa) at Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi as one of the reference centers for WFNS. My mentors were Prof M.M. QURESHI, O.OLUNYA, and ORURO.
You were in Spain for part of your training, what level did you find?
My rotation in SPAIN was of high level as I spent time in Valencia at Hospital de la Ribera and in ALICANTE at the Alicante General Hospital under the mentorship of prof. J. Pique and prof. Gonzalez respectively. During that period I did neuroanatomical learning and how to use Microscope, so I spent most of my time in Lab doing brain and spine dissection using Microscope.
Dr. Gerald D. Mayaya at the O.R.
How is your relationship with the WFNS Foundation now?
My relationship with the WFNS foundation is good and I am ready to be used by the WFNS Foundation to train others.
Tell us about an experience you have had and that you have not forgotten.
My experience I have and have not forgotten is that 2011 was my first time to hear the WFNS and COSECSA through conversations with prof. M.Quresh from Nairobi Kenya. It was in 2011 during the neurotrauma course in Dar -Es salam Tanzania, I meet with prof Roger Hart from Weil Cornell Hospital New York, he introduced me to prof Quresh that is when we did the Conversation and that is how I got the scholarship. I attached the picture below with Prof Quresh and Prof Hartl in 2011.
Dr. Gerald Mayaya at the end of a difficult procedure
What are your goals?
My goals are to provide quality neurosurgical services and to train many neurosurgeons until our place is a safe place for neurosurgical conditions.
What do you value most as a neurosurgeon?
I value quality service, good outcomes, training every time, and change every day for quality service.
Dr. Gerald Mayaya with the colleagues of Hospital La Ribera
«My rotation in Spain was of high level, during that period I did neuroanatomical learning and how to use microscope«