Nairobi Surgical Skills Centre
University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences, Department of Human Anatomy have received medical equipment, Laparoscopy towers worth Ksh. 18 Million having been donated by Karl Storz, Germany and Philips Technologies.
Speaking during the exercise, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, who was represented by Prof. Fredrick Were, Dean, School of Medicine thanked Karl Storz, Germany and Philips Technologies for the generous donation that will go a long way in training medical students the basics, intermediate and advanced human anatomy surgical procedures.
Unlike before where students would learn to use the equipment while in hospital, now they have a chance to use the equipment in class and gain confidence. The new equipment, Laparoscopy towers would also enable the department to mount and train short courses in urology, gynaecology, spinal endoscopy among others.
On his part, Prof. Saidi Hassan, from Human Anatomy Department, noted that the equipment will go a long way in making the delivery of healthcare safer. Nairobi Surgical Skills Centre was launched in 2012 and has delivered over 120 courses and over 2,000 professionals trained. The main challenge has been getting the Laparoscopy towers and sourcing of cadavers to be used for training of medical students. Prof. Were took the opportunity to thank the partners, key among them; Johnson and Johnson, Kenya ENT Unit and the University of Nairobi.
Nairobi Surgical Skills Centre has been very helpful in training of medical personnel and has been the regional centre training students from Africa and beyond. The partners have been very supportive in renovating the morgue, getting the medical equipment, human capacity development and offering mentorship.