On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) participated in a consultative meeting to discuss the establishments of centers of surgical excellence. The meeting was organized by ImPACT Africa (Improving Perioperative Anesthesia Care and Training in Africa) and its partners, the Center for Public Health and Development (CPHD), Kijabe Hospital and Vanderbilt University. With the support of General Electric Foundation and other partners, Impact Africa have undertaken the following activities;
- a) Health worker trainings in ETAT, LSS and others
b) Nurse anesthetists training (6 trainees have graduated and working in Siaya. 3 trainees are graduating in March 2016, additional ones next year).
c) Renovation of a 7- bed critical care unit at JOOTRH
- d) With Siaya County Government, established oxygen plant, HEWA Tele, able to supply tanked oxygen
- e) CPAP trainings to improve pediatric care
- f) Provision of various medical equipment including anesthesia machines and patient monitors.
SCH is part of the strategy to become a center of surgical excellence in addition to the various County Referral Hospitals in Western Kenya, including JOOTRH, Kisumu County Referral Hospital, Siaya County Referral Hospital, Busia County Referral Hospital, Kakamega County Referral Hospital, Migori County Referral Hospital, Homa Bay County Referral Hospital and Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital. During the meeting, the delegates representing the various hospitals learned about ImPACT Africa’s various activities, successes, challenges and discussed the various steps forward. SCH is grateful for the current partnership that has resulted in oxygen piping of its main ward, emergency room, private wing and operating theaters; provision of monitors and anesthesia machines for its theaters and resuscitation room as well as being a training site under ImPACT Africa’s upcoming mobile simulation training on obstetrical emergencies to be held in October at SCH in conjunction with Vanderbilt University.
SCH looks forward to strengthening this partnership towards the provision of quality care in Sagam.
In addition, SCH had an opportunity to share with the delegates the various infrastructure upgrades that are currently ongoing such as the new surgical theaters being built and our Ketamine research study, which supports provision of emergency obstetrical surgeries; representatives from the other counties expressed keen interest in participating in this study.