Patients are often referred overseas for scanning due to lack of a CT scanner, but Connaught has recently installed one and the first set of trainees yesterday started a four-day intensive crash training on how to use this state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. Declaring the training open, the Director of Hospital and Laboratory Services Dr Duramani Conteh said clinicians over the years have been struggling to establish diagnostic report.
Dr Conteh explained that diagnosing the problem is the first positive move in clinical practice, noting that “in as much as we now have a way to diagnose, handling those diagnoses is another aspect we must think about.” He noted, “As a ministry we will work very hard to ensure that the procedures will be affordable.”
To the trainees, he said, “This is an opportunity for you to grab. For the next three days please tap the knowledge of the facilitators because the country will be looking up to you when the facilitators would have gone.”
In his welcome address Head of X-Ray, Dr Frank Kosia said, “It is hoped that more training will come in to capacitate us.” He told the trainees that what is learned will help them greatly in their career. On behalf of the Hospital Care Manager, Dr Russell, said the CT scan is a diagnostic tool which is of immense help to the hospital.
He said before now they had to send patients to Ghana and beyond to do CT scan, noting that it had been so disheartening when colleagues in other countries could not understand why our country could not afford a CT scanner and continue to endanger the patients lives by sending then overseas.
He thanked the government for such a move noting that it is the right step in the right direction.
In his statement Dr Turay said it is a very historic moment, adding that the scanner will save government expenditure on overseas treatment.