2019 has been a busy year already for the African Institute for Health Transformation (AIHT) at Sagam Community Hospital with us hosting training on Perioperative Procedures which includes our Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies Ketamine (ESM-Ketamine)™ Anaesthesia Training Program. The focus of this training is to support the strengthening of surgical services across the region as counties focus on opening new theatre and training staff. With a focus on improving the quality of surgical care given including pre-op care, in theatre and post-op care, we also focus on a life-saving, award-winning safe anesthesia solution in areas of Kenya with limited access to anesthesia services. As Universal Health Coverage (UHC) becomes a priority in Kenya, an important pillar is quality of care and we are proud to support this effort in Kenya.
In January, AIHT hosted trainees from Ambira Sub-County Hospital in Siaya County, which has just opened a new theatre; while in February, we hosted trainees from Homa Bay County Teaching & Referral Hospital. The team from Ambira consisted of 3 Clinical Officers, a Medical Officer, 1 Medical Officer Intern and 2 nurses. In addition, we had 2 nurse anaesthetists from the U.S. that came to observe the January training. The team from Homa Bay consisted of a Clinical Officer Anaesthetist, a Clinical Officer and 3 nurses. In addition to the training, each institution received a Ketamine kit.
So far this year, we completed 27 surgeries successfully as part of the practical training for the participants.
We would like the SCH staff for working so hard during this Ketamine Week. Also thank you to the County Health Management Teams from Siaya and Homa Bay Counties for supporting their participants who were able to come on short notice and were excellent students.
Javan Imbamba, Clinical Officer, Ketamine Champion (SCH)
Wenslaus Adenya, Clinical Officer, Ketamine Champion (SCH)
Juma Jaqtone, Anaesthetist (SCH)
Dan Kavole, Anaesthetist (SCH)
Sebastian Suarez, Associate Global Research Scientist (Massachussetts General Hospital – MGH)
Our surgical staff at SCH:
Dr. Taha Yusufali, Chief of Surgery
Dr. Nyamogo, OB/GYN consultant and Assistant Team Leader for the ESM-Ketamine Project
Dr. Emmanuel Ligeyo – Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Richard Luate – Family and Emergency Medicine Resident t
Dr. Emmily Koiti – Medical Officer Intern
Lucy Atieno, Surgical Tech
Samuel Orondo, Surgical Registered Nurse
Kashmir Owino, Surgical Tech
Additional staff members;
Debora Rogo, General Manager
Juddy Odhiambo, Administrative Manager
Alissa Worstell, Nurse Anaesthetist, CRNA, MSN, Indiana University Health Arnett (Lafeyette, Indiana)
Alyona Bogdanova, Nurse Anesthetist, CRNA, Duke University Hospital (Durham, North Carolina)
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