The Gradian Health Systems (GHS), a non-profit medical technology company, has trained over 40 clinical officers for efficient use of critical care machines.
Clinicians who have benefited from the training are those from Kenyatta National Hospital, Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, The Nairobi Women Hospital and some students from Kenya Medical Training Colleges (KMTCs).
GHS Director Kenneth Otieno said that the training was meant to improve healthcare provider skills and patient care especially in anesthesia and critical care.
“The training is intended to help healthcare providers and medical students strengthen clinical and non-clinical skills by practicing real-life patient scenarios under the supervision of instructors and physicians,” he added.
Speaking at the close of the Association of Medical Engineers of Kenya (AMEK) Scientific Fair in Kakamega, Otieno noted that Covid-19 pandemic has drawn renewed attention to the role anesthesia and critical care services play in the management of most severe Covid-19 patients, hence the need for skilled personnel.
“Anesthesia is necessary for any surgical procedure we undertake across our lives and critical care is the range of care we need when faced with life-threatening injuries or illnesses,’’ he explained.
He said the company is committed to provide Kenya’s health workers in the anesthesia and critical care, more safe learning environments in which to strengthen the skills to care for patients.
In addition, he said GHS will supply over 100 ventilators to health facilities across the country.
By Darius Sakwa