Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) yesterday launched a simulation laboratory at its headquarters in Nairobi, funded by Gradian Health Systems at a cost of Sh14 million.
The laboratory the first of its kind in Kenya is equipped with Comprehensive Care Ventilator (CCV), a universal anesthesia machine, several mannequins, an ICU bed, patient monitors, oxygen cylinders and accessory machines to stimulate different types of breathing, airway kits and other devices and consumables that help stimulate a real clinical environment.
Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache said the training of healthcare providers and students at the simulation laboratory will lead to an increased workforce in country and enhance the operation of specialized medical equipment for better service delivery.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Ag. Director General for health Dr. Patrick Amoth, Mochache said the new equipment is vital in healthcare training in the country, noting that education is the most powerful tool that can be used to change the world.
“This is an improvement on how we are going to conduct our training, as these machines will help to support healthcare providers and medical students to practice and strengthen modern clinical and non-clinical schools, as well as provide them with a safe learning environment,” said Mochache.
She added that the investment will also build on the already existing infrastructure and make a significant difference in the lives of those seeking critical care services.
“We remain committed to putting in place the necessary investments and technological innovations so as to realize goal three of Sustainable Development Goals which ensures good health and well-being of all citizens,” stated Mochache.
She said Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having a strong and resilient health care system. “Covid-19 has taught us that innovation is at the heart of providing quality healthcare services,” she said.
Giving his remarks, Managing Director of Africa Gradian Health Kenneth Otieno revealed that the company whose headquarters is in New York, has over six simulation laboratories spread across Africa.
“Gradian Health has distributed over 100 ventilators in various hospitals within the country and has plans of installing a universal anesthesia machine in Kenya to be used in one of the health facility for training,” said Otieno.
He added that Gradian Health will train medical personnel on its use and service it for five years.
Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer KMTC Michael Kiptoo said that all KMTC students across the country will benefit from the laboratory through the E-learning program.
“Simulation is an ideal way of learning without causing harm, inconvenience or putting patients at risk,” said Kiptoo.
He added that the simulations provide a feasible alternative to traditional hands-on experiences, promote clinical competence, critical thinking and preparedness.
By Njeri Kariuki and Mercy Nkatha