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Brain Surgery Demystified By Buea-Based Neurosurgeon 

By Bouddih Adams — Brain surgery or neurosurgery has been demystified in the Southwest Region, following the successful operation of a patient a team led by Dr Kingsly Enoh Nkongho.

Dr. Enoh, a Neurosurgeon, carried out the operation with the assistance of Dr. Christopher Giddo – General Practitioner and Dr. Verla – an Anesthesiologist on a 21-year-old patient, Emmanuel Lalende, of Buea Town, on June 19 at the Buea Regional Hospital. Talking to the Post after the operation, Dr Enoh said when Lalende consulted him; he discovered that the patient had a history of right-sided jerky movements known as “Jacksonian epilepsy.”

Lalende was then hospitalized, during which Enoh and his colleagues took him through Computerised Topographic or CT scanning and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, “without which we couldn’t know the exact part of the brain affected or the location of the problem. Because the necessary and appropriate tools were not at the Regional Hospital in Buea where the operation would take place, Enoh had to travel to Douala and when he could find the right tools, he had to improvise them.

That is why in the operation which is recorded on video, Enoh and his colleagues literally, manually sawed the skull to abstract the trouble spot that was the cause of the Jacksonian epilepsy in Lalende – the operation of which took three hours instead of the one hour that it would have taken other things being equal. Asked why he took the risk and did not harbor the fear that the patient might die, Enoh responded: Our only fear was that we might rupture the brain because the brain never grows back if it is destroyed.”

He further explained that: “People [rather] die in the theatre not because of the surgery but because of anesthetic complications. The credit of the success in this operation goes to the anesthesiologist, which means he did his work well.” But for the patient problems with speech, Lalende now eats and moves well. “His speech will come, but the jerky movements have subsided tremendously,” Enoh enthused.

Enoh disclosed that such an operation would cost the patient at least FCFA 7 million but it was carried out for free, reason: “… to prove a point, that this kind of surgery can be done here in Cameroon, in this part of the country, in our own house.” He further intimated; “It is a brain surgery that people think it is mystical; that it cannot happen within their environment. Enoh, who is an Associate Professor, has carried hundreds of such operations in Israel (where he studied), Tanzania and other countries.

Dr Enoh can be contacted on E-mail: , Enoh is fluent in: Ejagham, English, French, Hausa, Hebrew and Swahili


1985-1990: G.C.E Ordinary Level, Government High School, Mamfe

1990-1992: G.C.E Advanced Level, Cameroon College of Arts and Sciences, Kumba 2007-2012: Training in Neurosurgery, Rabin Medical Centre, Beilinson Campus, Petach Tikva, Israel
Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute,Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
1995-2002: Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDU), Sokoto, Nigeria
2003-2004: Internship,  Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital,(UDUTH) Sokoto, Nigeria 2004-2006: Practice of General Surgery, Presbyterian General Hospital, Acha-Tugi

2012:  Fellowship of the International College of Surgeons (FICS)  International College of Surgeons Fellowship of the Neurosurgical Academy of West, Central and East Africa (FNSA-WCEA) Neurosurgical Academy of West, Central and East  Africa
2007:  Post Graduate Certificate in Neurosurgery (PGCert-Neuro) Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel.

2002: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDU), Sokoto, Nigeria.
Has attended many symposiums, workshops  and seminars


Cameroon National Medical Council (No.5091)
Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (No.27, 087)
Israel Ministry of Health (No.86487)
Medical Council of Tanganyika (Tanzania) (No.4816)


International College of Surgeons (No.K17744)
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (No. 441583)
 European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (No.1730 ).
Neurosurgical Academy of West Central and East Africa International Brain Research Organisation

Specialist Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2010: Volunteer Lecturer of Neurosurgery, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

2007 – 2010: Resident in Neurosurgery,  Rabin Medical Centre, Beilinson Campus, Petach Tikva, Israel.

2004-2006: Medical Officer, Presbyterian General Hospital, Acha-Tugi, Cameroon.

2003-2004: Intern at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto, Nigeria.



1. Enoh N Kingsly: Epedemiology of Epilepsy in Children as seen in Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital- An 11-year retrospective study (1990-2000). MBBS Thesis (2002) submitted to the department of Community Health, UDU, Sokoto. Supervisor: Dr Mansur Oche, FAWCP. Lecturer, Department of Community Health, UDU, Sokoto.
2. Enoh N. Kingsly: Possible cause of helper T-cell depletion in AIDS-the lymphocyte   weakening factor hypothesis. Health category:, website:

3. Enoh N Kingsly, Othman W Kiloloma, H K Shabani, Abdullahi Jimoh and Okezie Kanu : Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and Anisocoria: A search for management guidelines in a setting where facilities are not available or very limited
4. Enoh N Kingsly, Albert Leogard, Vensesla Sakwari and Kauthar Rashid: Is Valsalva manoeuvre necessary for a watertight tight dural closure in spina bifida cystica repair?

5. Enoh N Kingsly, Emmanuel Kanumba, Laurence Lemeri and Zarina Shabbhay: Outcome of ventricolo-peritoneal shunts inserted at the parieto-occipital area: A one-year experience at Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute, Dar es Salaam.
6. Enoh N Kingsly: Cerebrospinal fluid circulation in a piece of popular art: The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci. Int J Neurosurg 1:1, 2012


1.    Enoh N Kingsly: How social workers can challenge the subjugation of women, children and older people in Africa- Cameroon and Nigeria. Abstract submitted to Global Social Work 2004, Adelaide, Australia, website:

2.    Enoh Nkingsly: Final solution to African poverty. Politics category,, website:

3.     Enoh N Kingsly: She Kept Quiet. Fiction, I-Proclaim Bookstore, item #IP5228, website:

First published in The Post print edition no 01369

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