'Midwives need training in ultra scan imaging’ Tuesaday, March 25, 2010, (pg 10)

The Director of Clinical Training/Diagnostic Centre at the KF Medical Limited, Dr Sam Ofori, has called for the inclusion of basic training in ultra scan imaging in the training programme of midwives.
He said such training would ensure that midwives would be in a better position to provide more supportive services to doctors through preliminary examinations, to enhance healthcare delivery.
Dr Ofori was speaking to the Daily Graphic after a training workshop for 12 health professionals from the Greater Accra, Western, Eastern and Central regions. The programme was organised in collaboration with the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), BK Medicals, a Denmark-based ultra sound equipment manufacturer, and the KF Medical Limited.
The three-day programme was to equip the participants with basic knowledge and practical training in ultra scan imaging and report writing.
Dr Ofori said one of the best means of reducing child and maternal mortality in the country was to equip midwives throughout the country with the requisite skills to promote reproductive health to easily handle antenatal cases.
He bemoaned the situation where unqualified persons or people with limited knowledge in ultra sound scan were providing such services and giving misleading reports which were detrimental to the health of patients, and pointed out that the training programme would go a long way towards bridging the knowledge gap created by inadequate logistics in the health sector.
He said the participants responded positively to the programme, adding that to ensure that participants benefited from the course, there was a plan to review their performance at their various medical centres.
Dr Ofori indicated that one of the problems identified during the programme was that medical ethics was a big challenge to the medical personnel, adding, “Counselling people diagnosed with a particular illness or condition or referring such people to qualified people is difficult, probably because of our culture. We must break away from that.”
The Sales and Marketing Director of KF Medical Limited, Mr I.K. Edusei, said the ultra scan training was one of the basic diagnostic tools that enhanced medical practice.
He said the programme, which is in its sixth year, had been successful in training a number of medical personnel throughout the country and pointed out that there were efforts to get the Ghana Health Service on board in order to expand the programme to benefit more medical practitioners.
Mr Elvis Basoah, a medical sonographer from the Tarkwa Goldfields Hospital, told the Daily Graphic that the course had been useful in updating his knowledge on the latest trend in the ultra scan sector. “Ultra scan is a dynamic sector. Things have changed, measurements and technologies have changed. It is, therefore, important that we get updated with the latest trend in the industry,” he said.
Miss Angela Acquaye of the Axim Government Hospital, for her part, said the course was very useful and informative as she learnt new ideas that would greatly enhance her work.

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