The Society of Nurses in Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Ghana are calling on the Ministry of Health and Health Care Providers in the country to fully commit in ensuring that quality endoscopy units are set up in hospitals and other facilities to improve the quality of health care to Ghanaians.
According to the association, endoscopy units at some hospitals across the country do not meet international standards.
As important as this specialized unit is in ensuring accurate and quality diagnosis, the majority of health facilities in the country do not have it in place at their facilities.
Those with the units also do not have qualified and fully equipped endoscopy nurses to man the units.
In an interview with the press after launching a one-month-long training program organized to train endoscopy nurses in the country at the Eastern Regional Hospital, Joel Kpodo Mawuli the founder of the association observed that “people take endoscopy for granted so they go to an endoscopy facility and what you see there is just an endoscopy machine and a seat for waiting clients.”
He added: “we have realized that there are many facilities both public and private trying to open up endoscopy centres all over yet they do not go in for the right nurses and in fact we do not have too many qualified endoscopy nurses out there and this is a gap we have identified, so what we are trying to do is to gather all these nurses in endoscopy and provide them with training which is accepted internationally for safe surgery”.
Joel Kpodo was also optimistic that participants of the training workshop will be fully equipped with the necessary information and skills to deliver.
” The training we have begun here is a full month program and by the time the nurses will be done you can be assured of quality delivery”.