University makes progress in biomedical engineering

The All Nations University College has held a two-day conference on biomedical engineering to raise awareness of the critical importance of biomedical engineers in the delivery of quality and affordable health care in the country.

The conference, which was addressed by dons in the biomedical engineering field, drummed home the need for the government and all stakeholders in the health sector to put in resources for the training of manpower in that field .

The conference was held on the theme “relevance of biomedical engineering in healthcare service”.

Dr Nicholas Adjabu, Deputy Director, Clinical Engineering Department of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), said biomedical engineering was the bridge between the medical profession and engineering to provide the overall enhancement for healthcare delivery.

According to Dr Adjabu who presented the keynote address, healthcare delivery thrived on four main inputs and these are knowledge and skills for procedures, medication, supplies, medical devices and management of which the biomedical engineer is part.

He explained that biomedical engineering was the application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field by designing medical equipments such as laboratory analyzers, CT-Scan, MRI and prosthesis among others to provide solution to safe and affordable healthcare.

Dr Adjabu said with the growing healthcare awareness, increase in population and demand for greater affordability, the need for qualified biomedical engineering could not be over emphasized and urged institutions training such professionals to be practically oriented to meet the demand of the times.

Dr Lynn Kisembe Darkwah, the Registrar of the College, said the ANUC was the first private university in Ghana accredited to establish biomedical engineering department in 2006 with an initial student population of 30.

She said the department which was one of the fastest growing at the ANUC and had graduated 145 students who are already on the field. The department has 357 students from 22 countries including Cameroon, Angola, Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Romania and Canada.

The Registrar said the ANUC strategic plan focused on running engineering programmes that promote development aimed at meeting societal needs because the demand for high technological revolution on healthcare issues as well as the need for cost effective delivery was high with aging population.

She expressed the hope that, the conference would create the necessary awareness for the importance of the biomedical engineer in healthcare delivery is not relegated to the background since they have the potential to develop simple but effective technologies based on local needs to solve clinical problems. GNA

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