Capacity building training exercise for 37 Hospital staff

A FOUR-WEEK training programme aimed at improving operational readiness and capabilities of health workers at the 37 Military Hospital has opened in Accra.

The programme dubbed “Medical Readiness Training Exercise” (MEDRETE) is a collaboration between the Ghana Armed Forces and the United States Army.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Brigadier General Mahama Alhassan, Director General, Ghana Armed Forces Medical Services, said the 14-man team composed of surgeons, emergency physician, anesthetist, nurses, technicians and Mission Support Command.

He said the training was an exchange of knowledge, expertise and skills in clinical practice, especially in trauma, surgical and medical emergencies using evidence based practice.

“Our colleagues from the US will have the opportunity to work hand in hand with staff to provide out-patient, in-patient and emergency care in surgery and medicine,” he said.

Brigadier General Alhassan said that the training had come at a very crucial time when the nation experienced a twin disaster of flood and fire at about month ago, adding “such training will enhance our capability to provide the best emergency care to our patients resulting in improved patient outcome”.

He thanked the US Government for providing funding and urged all participants to put in their best to make the programme a success.

Naval Captain Allev Winchester, Mission Commander of the US Army, said the exercise would help participants to acquire experience from each other.

He said the success of the training would depend on the input and effort of the team and hoped for more of such collaborations.

Colonel Samuel Offoi Awuku, Head of Orthopaedics/Trauma, noted that the programme would help the hospital to synchronise and standardise, internationally, to meet the needs of clients.

He said the team would be put into three components, namely, the Command, medical, and surgical.

He suggested that such training programes be held in other sectors as well for them also to improve on their standards.

By Ernestina A Boateng and
Francis Osei Sarpong

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