Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

The African Insitute for Health Transformation (AIHT) at Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) was proud to host our July Ketamine Week with participants from Samburu County.  Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies Ketamine (ESM-Ketamine)™ Anesthesia Training Program: The training program for this life-saving, award-winning safe anesthesia solution in areas of Kenya with limited access to anesthesia services is housed at AIHT.

The training took place from July 2nd to July 6th.  On Monday morning (July 2nd) we welcomed six new trainees to Sagam.  These trainees came to us from Baragoi Sub-County Hospital, Samburu Country Referral Hospital, and Suguta Health Centre.  The participants were Nursing officers, Medical officers, RCO’s and nurses. Their logistical arrangements were supported by Afya Timiza, who was represented by Anthony Lotukoi. A round of trainee and trainer introductions was followed by a presentation introducing the work at AIHT by Debora Rogo, Sagam’s General Manager.  After wrapping up introductions, our Ketamine Champion, Javan Imbamba, presented the first lecture on Ketamine. In addition to the trainees busy Monday morning schedule, the trainees were given the opportunity to administer ketamine during three surgeries under the supervision of our own providers here at SCH.

On Tuesday morning another lecture was presented by Javan, Wenslaus Adenya (another Ketamine Champion at SCH), and Juma Jaqtone (our Clinical Officer Anaesthetist on the project), on resuscitating newborns.  This lecture also included a hands on simulation that the attendees all participated in. In the afternoon four surgeries were performed and the trainees administered the ketamine in pairs.

Over the course of the next two days our attendees had the opportunity to be the sole Ketamine providers in the six surgeries that took place in that time.  Friday marked the final day of Ketamine Training and included two Cases in the morning, followed by a graduation ceremony in the afternoon. During the graduation ceremony the attendees were presented with Ketamine certificates and together reflected on what they had learned and how the week went.  Many thanks were given and we concluded the week with a delicious cake provided by our very own Administrative Manager, Juddy Odhiambo. We are grateful to the participants for their hard work during the week and look forward to supporting them in their work as they settle back in Samburu County.


The Samburu team with some of our facilitators after the graduation ceremony.

A very special thank you to all the staff here at Sagam Community Hospital who worked very hard and without whom this successful Ketamine week would not have been possible.  This Includes;

Our Facilitators

Javan Imbamba, Clinical Officer, Ketamine Champion (SCH)

Wenslaus Adenya, Clinical Officer, Ketamine Champion (SCH)

Juma Jaqtone, Anaesthetist (SCH)


Our surgical staff

Dr. Taha Yusufali, Chief of Surgery (SCH)

Dr. Nyamogo, OB/GYN consultant and Assistant Team Leader for the ESM-Ketamine Project

Lucy Atieno, Surgical Tech

Samuel Orondo, Surgical Registered Nurse

Kashmir Owino, Surgical Tech

Grace Sawanda, Surgical Nurse


Additional staff members;

Debora Rogo, General Manager

Juddy Odhiambo, Administrative Manager

Leslie Ojeaburu, Program Coordinator

Phoebe Kelleher, Program Coordinator

Sebastian Karlson, Assistant Program Coordinator

Dr. Solomon Orero, Team Leader for the ESM-Ketamine Project


Afya Timiza Representative:

Anthony Lotukoi, Nursing Officer


For more information on the African Institute for Health Transformation (AIHT), please visit our website here.