Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and
Children, Dr. Faustine Ndugulile, cuts
the ribbon to inaugurate the Anaesthesia and Critical Care Simulation
MUHAS Head of Department of Anaesthesia, Dr. Edwin Lugazia explaining the
functions of the Universal Anaesthesia Machine in the Simulation lab
The Deputy Minister for
Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr. Faustine Ndugulile inaugurated Anaesthesia
and Critical Care Simulation Laboratory at the Muhimbili University of Health
and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) on the World Health Day.
This state-of-the-art simulation laboratory will serve as a centre of excellence for students and health providers across Tanzania and the East Africa region—advancing the practice of anaesthesia and critical care and helping the Tanzanian Government deliver on its life-saving policies and investments.
According to the President of the Society of Anaesthesiologists of Tanzania (SATA), Dr. Mpoki Ulisubisya, the Simulation lab is a serious step in training of anaesthesiologists and nurse anaesthetists and equipping them with necessary skills to offer services to patients which has not been around in this country before.
Addressing the participants, the Deputy Minister said that his ministry together with the President’s Office for Regional Administration and Local Government have upgraded 304 health centers in the country to provide critical services such as comprehensive emergency obstetrics care and constructing 67 district hospitals.
These upgrades include the procurement of the Universal Anaesthesia Machine (UAM) from Gradian Health Systems—a TFDA-certified anaesthesia machine that can generate its own medical oxygen and work without electricity. To date, more than 200 UAMs have been procured and 160 have already been installed.
Dr. Ndugulile said that all these critical interventions that have been done, will only succeed depending on the availability of skilled workforce which have the necessary knowledge to conduct these essential services. He therefore said that, the Simulation lab came at a good opportune time and commended Gradian Health System for investing on what he called a model of private public partnership.
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Prof. James Mdoe, commended MUHAS and Gradian Health Systems for this achievement and said training of health professionals is one of the key priority in his ministry's policies and program. Health providers need opportunities to practice core clinical competencies in a safe training facility so they don't encounter unfamiliar scenarios for the first time in the real world, he added.
In his welcoming remarks, the MUHAS Vice Chancellor, Prof. Andrea Pembe said this event marks the beginning of an era of collaboration among national and international institutions in improving quality of training in health related field. "This simulation lab is a high fidelity world class in anaesthesia and critical care expected to expand to include training in other health fields including but not limited to surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, diagnostic, and interventional radiology and emergency medicine", he added.
Speaking in this event, the Chief Executive Officer of Gradian Health Systems, Mr. Stephen Rudo, said Gradian is a nonprofit company that create equipment for anaesthesia, critical care and invest in the community which they have been invited to serve.
Mr. Rudo said most of the equipment in the Simulation lab is from US and Europe but the core curriculum has been revised by the Tanzania lead team of anaeshthesiologists. "It totally reflect the challenges that they sees everyday in providing care in rural settings and it has been accredited by MUHAS", he added.
In giving the vote thanks, the Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Mohammad Bakari Kambi said that this event has been a very special way of commemorating the World Health Day where the emphasis is on universal health coverage which can be achieved by improving the primary health care. "And the event today is towards improvement of primary health care", he added.
Prof. Kambi further thanked Gradian Health Systems and urged to consider establishing a plant for medical equipment at Mloganzila taking into account, the good relationship they have with MUHAS, the land that is available at Mloganzila and the huge market potential that is available in East and Southern Africa,.
The simulation lab is a partnership between MUHAS and gradian health systems to enhance capacity of Tanzania's anesthesia and critical care workforce in Tanzania and beyond.
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