NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF WEST AFRICAN COLLEGE OF
SURGEONS (WACS) APRIL 2020 EXAMINATIONS
Guided by the need to place the health and safety of our Residents, Fellows and citizens of
our sub region first with regard to the global COVID-19 pandemic, WACS announces the
postponement of the April 2020 examinations until further notice.
This decision has been reached after careful consideration of all the issues and wide
consultations among stakeholders. As a key regional body whose prime remit is the training
and certification of surgical specialists, it is our view that our Residents and Fellows
constitute a veritable resource and are force multipliers in the battle against this global
Furthermore, we believe that leading by example requires us to abide by recommendations
of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control/Health Ministries of
our constituent countries regarding social distancing and refraining from large gatherings.
As before, we urge that we continue to act as role models in our communities regarding
the observance of regular hand washing, respiratory hygiene, appropriate use of personal
protective equipment where appropriate as well as all other preventive measures.
Finally, let us each face the task at hand with vigour, strength and faith and bring to bear
the training and expertise at our disposal for the betterment of our communities, nations,
and the world.
Long live the West African College of Surgeons!
Professor Serigne M. Gueye Professor Philip M. Mshelbwala
President, WACS Secretary-General, WACS