Train­ing up­date for Kenyan ra­di­ol­o­gists

Pretoria News - - NATION -

NAIROBI: GE Health­care and Kenya As­so­ci­a­tion of Ra­di­ol­o­gists (KAR) held a Ra­di­ol­ogy Clinic Day to train more than 100 ra­di­ol­o­gists on the lat­est med­i­cal imag­ing tech­nolo­gies.

KAR said lim­ited train­ing po­si­tions and lack of com­pre­hen­sive post-mas­ters train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties ne­ces­si­tated part­ner­ship with in­dus­try and other re­source par­ties to pro­mote health­care train­ing and con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of the ra­di­ol­ogy fra­ter­nity in the coun­try.

Speak­ing dur­ing the ses­sion, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent fi­nanc­ing for GE Health­care East Africa, Jen­nifer Kinyoe, said: “Ac­cu­rate di­ag­no­sis is a re­sult of qual­ity imag­ing ser­vices done with qual­ity tech­nol­ogy by com­pe­tent health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

“We are hon­oured to part­ner with KAR to en­sure Kenya’s med­i­cal tech­nol­o­gists are equipped with the right skills to con­tinue pro­vid­ing bet­ter out­comes for pa­tients.”

Kinyoe said that the an­nual ra­di­ol­ogy day ini­tia­tive was part of the com­pany’s ef­forts to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity and long-term util­i­sa­tion of ad­vanced med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions.

KAR chair­per­son Dr Eli­jah Kwasa said: “Kenya, like the ma­jor­ity of other African coun­tries, still faces the acute chal­lenge of train­ing ra­di­ol­o­gists and other med­i­cal tech­nol­o­gists.

“As a re­sult, ex­pen­sive med­i­cal equip­ment and ma­chines are un­der­utilised.

“We are ex­cited to part­ner with GE Health­care to up­skill our ra­di­ol­o­gists on the lat­est trends in the in­dus­try.”

Par­tic­i­pants were also ex­posed to Definium XR120 dig­i­tal X-ray, which brings the world of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to imag­ing fa­cil­i­ties that rely on ana­logue equip­ment.

In Kenya, more than 1 400 health­care pro­fes­sion­als have been trained through the Health­care Skills and Train­ing In­sti­tute launched in 2016 in part­ner­ship with the min­istry of health.

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