The Eastern Regional Hospital in collaboration with the Society for Nurses in Endoscopy and Minimal Invasive Surgery (
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, a doctor can view pictures of a patient’s digestive tract on a
The training was to enable the nurses to acquire knowledge in gastrointestinal endoscopy so that they would be able to accurately diagnose diseases like stomach ulcer and cancer, peptic ulcer, abdominal pains, bleeding and vomiting blood, blood in stool using the endoscopy machine.
The training would also help participants to understand their roles as endoscopy
The founder and chairman of
said “we have realised that there are many facilities trying to provide
endoscopy service, but their nurses do not really understand their roles nor have
the basic assessment tools to establish whether a patient is safe, ready or fit
enough for the procedure.”
Mr Kpodo said “we have identified a very serious knowledge gap. We have, therefore, developed a tool that can be used to assess patients before, during and after the endoscopy procedure.”
He stated that the nurses would go through a one-month intensive training to acquire the necessary skills.
The Medical Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital,
He said that previously the hospital did not have