Life Box Foundation, a health organization in the United Kingdom (UK), has donated over 300 Pulse Oximeters worth 80,000 dollars to the Ghana Association of Nurse Anesthetists (GANA).
Oximeters are sensitive devices used at hospital theatres to check the pulse of patients during anesthesia and are used to detect the amount of oxygen in the blood of patients blood during surgeries.
They also help to determine the survival rate of patients in critical conditions.
Dr Malvena Stuart Taylor, a consultant anesthetic and the representative of Life Box in Ghana, made the presentation at the 10th Biennial National Conference of the Association in Koforidua.
She said the donation stemmed from the fact that most theatres in Ghana, especially in the rural areas, did not have the Oximeters.
Dr Malvena said having Oximeters in all health centres was important as it greatly facilitated the anaesthetic process.
Dr Nimako Boateng, Head of Paediatrics at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), urged hospital management to create a conducive environment to facilitate the diligent and efficient performance of the anesthetist.
He said safety in surgery required reliable execution of multiple steps in care, not just by the surgeon, but by the team of healthcare professionals working together for the benefit of the patient.
Dr Boateng noted that since in every human institution mistakes are bound to occur, management must endeavor to correct systems at their facilities to become standards for all operations.
Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei, President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), said about 30 percent of all surgeries done in the Ghana Health Service facilities were by nurse anesthetist and that emphasized their importance.
He said there was the need for all health personnel in the various sectors to work together as a team to achieve the ultimate goal of providing quality service to the people.
Mr Jacob Mbuer Wumbei, the National President of the GAMA, expressed joy at the commencement of a degree programme in Nurse-Anaesthesia at the University of Development Studies (UDS) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). GNA