The Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists (NSA) was formally launched in 1979 at the Old Great Hall of College of Medicine, University of Lagos. Prior to this, the NSA members functioned actively as members of the Society of Anaesthetist of West Africa (S A W A ), which has been in existence since 1965. The first President at re-inauguration was Late Prof Dayo Famewo while Dr O O Oladapo was the secretary. Membership was open to all Physician Anaesthetists in the six geo-political regions of Nigeria. It was also extended to Nigerian Physician Anaesthetists in Diaspora.

The aims and objectives of the society as specified in our constitution are:

a. To promote the interest and advancement of the specialty of Anaesthesia in all facets in Nigeria.

b. To provide the much needed communication and interaction among physicians practicing Anaesthesia in Nigeria.

c. To guide and assist the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the provision of an efficient and effective anaesthetic service to the people of Nigeria.

d. To cater for the welfare of all physician anaesthetists in Nigeria and maintain a good standard of practice and ethics in the specialty.

In order to maintain standards, the NSA assists in organizing update lectures, seminars and workshops for non-physician anaesthetists who are mostly anaesthetic Nurses in the various zones of the country. The annual general meeting of the society has taken place regularly in the last week of November since 1996. The various towns, which have hosted the AGM since 1996 are as follows: 

1996 4th Ibadan

1997 5th Benin

1998 6th Port-Harcourt

1999 7th Jos

2000 8th Sagamu

2001 9th Calabar

2002 10th Warri

2003 11th Kaduna

2004 12th Lagos

2005 13th Port-Harcourt 

2006 14th  Abuja 

2007   15th  ilorin  

2008  16th  Ibadan 

2009  17th  Enugu 

2010  18th   Kano 

2011  19th   Ile -Ife 

2012 20th   Benin 

2013    21st   Lagos 

2014    22nd  Calabar 

2015    23rd  Owerri

2016    24th   Jos

2017  25th   Abuja   The 6th All African Anaesthesia Congress and the 25th NSA Annual Conference will be held at the NAF conference Centre in Abuja, the capital of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.