Oct 18, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Wits opens new R22m surgery training facility to counter brain-drain

The University of the Witwatersrand opened a 22-meter surgical skills laboratory in Johannesburg on Tuesday, a day after opening a new genetic laboratory and two weeks after announcing a 70-meter burn unit.

Wits lab’s new advanced surgical capabilities were built to train surgical specialists and sub-specialists who are critically short in South Africa. According to the university, it is estimated that the country has only half of the available surgeons available to fully meet its needs.

Furthermore, SA has surgical experts in part due to the lack of sufficiently highly specialized facilities, infrastructure and academic training programs .

This is announced by Wits University spokeswoman Shirona Patel, who announced on Tuesday that the new state-of-the-art unit had opened on the ninth floor of the Wits School of Health Sciences building in Parktown.

She said it was designed in accordance with the best international standards and equipped with the latest technology and teaching facilities, “Wits’ surgical training program on par with” the best in the world. “

According to Prof. Damon Bizos, head of surgical gastroenterology and clinical head of surgery at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Center, di e university doct more doctors, surgeons, specialists and subspecialists than any other university in southern Africa.

He said the new laboratory will enable the university to train more surgeons in a “state-of-the-art” environment with the best equipment available. “

” We need to complement and adequately replicate these specialized skills in order to provide basic services to South Africans and Africans, “he said.

According to Wits – Vice Chancellor Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi, adding to SA’s surgeon pool is vital to maintaining standards of service in both private and public hospitals.

He said the risk of losing highly skilled and specialized surgeons to others Countries will be reduced by giving doctors the opportunity to complete highly specialized training on site instead of abroad.

According to Patel the laboratory will be Cover the interdisciplinary training needs of surgical disciplines such as general surgery and orthopedics, gynecology, ear, no mouth and throat as well as cardio-thoracic, urology, maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, neuro and plastic surgery.

This includes the training of specialists, doctors, nurses and other related alternative practitioners.

The laboratory offers different courses at different levels.

“The basic and intermediate courses will help develop basic surgical skills and develop skills while advanced courses ensure that seasoned practitioners are at the forefront of advances in the field, “said Bizos. “We will offer in-house training as well as industry-sponsored surgical training and symposia,” he said.

According to Patel, the laboratory includes a large eight-station “wet” laboratory, laparoscopic towers and endoscopy, including an upper one Endoscopy and colonoscopy, and the availability of facilities for training on cadavers.

It also includes lead-lined walls for taking x-rays, a lecture room for 35 participants, and full audiovisual and video conferencing facilities.

Head of Surgical Department Prof. Martin Smith said a number of donors have helped the university build the new facility.

“This multidisciplinary unit offers the very latest in information technology in a diverse environment. It uses the latest methods of skill training to ensure that when these surgeons and others care for patients, their advanced skills are appropriate and safe to ensure the best outcomes for patients and the community. It also gives us the opportunity to explore new technologies and training methods, “said Smith.

Existing burn unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, thanks to a donation from the Roy McAlpine Foundation.

According to information At the university, more than 250 adults and 500 children with severe burns are admitted to the burns. The burn department at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, founded in 1991, will come annually not only from Gauteng, but also from all over Africa.

The Burn Department is the only public health department in Gauteng that specializes in burns, serving all patients who cannot afford treatment in private facilities, but the need for additional capacity has increased dramatically.