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Safer Anesthesia from Education (SAFE), course takes place n Kampla, Uganda

The Safer Anaesthesia for Education, (SAFE) Obstetrics Anaesthesia course was conducted in Moshi, Tanzania from 8th to 12th May 2017. It included a 1-day ToT course where 16 trainers were trained and subsequently 44 anaesthesia providers from across Tanzania were trained over the next 3 days. Having a 1-day Lifebox pulse oximetry workshop concluded the training when free pulse oximeters were given to the trainees.
This Course aimed to provide anaesthesia providers with knowledge and skills to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Tanzania. Dr Mpoki Ulusubisya, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Health, United republic of Tanzania, officially opened the Training at the Lutheran Uhuru Hotel in Moshi. The Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) and the Society of Anaesthesiologists of Tanzania (SATA) hosted it with support from the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and the Lifebox Foundation.
The training faculty (Facilitators) was drawn from Zambia, Uganda, UK and Kenya.

Dr. S. Okelo from the department attended and is seen in the photograph, front row, extreme left.

dr opondo during apls workshopDr. Opondo during workshop

Faculty member from surgery completes paediatric life support provider training

Dr. I. Opondo recently completed the European Paediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) Provider Course. Making her now a certified paediatric life support provider.

The course was run as a three day hands on workshop held at the Karen Hospital, Nairobi, from 10th to 12th April 2017. The main objective, was impacting paediatric emergency knowledge, skills and attitudes to health workers.

Specific objectives included; equiing participants with knowledge and skills in: Paediatric basic life support, paediatric advanced life support, paediatric trauma management and team leadership in clinical emergency care in a variety of clinical incidences

Course participants were from various hospitals in the country.

The department congratulates her on this acchievement

sas meeting

Presntation of awards at SAS meeting

Sudan Association of Surgeons meeting takes place in Khartoum.

The Sudan Association of Surgeons (SAS), held it 42nd International Conference between the 27th and 29th April, 2017 at the Coral hotel in Khartoum, Sudan.
The conference theme was "Towards high quality surgical services in Sudan"
This conference was attended by many participants both local and international. International participants were from many countries including Japan, United Kingdom, Saui Arabia, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya to name but a few.
The presentations made were stimulatng and covered topics relevant to surgical care the developing as well as the developed world.
Prof. Ogendo attended at the invitation of SAS and gave a talk on surgical trainin in the region.


Medical student making presentation to SSK meeting

Surgical Society of Kenya Annual meeting held in Kisumu.

Between the 5th and 7th April 2017, the Surgical Society of Kenya held its 17th Annual Scientific Conference at the Acacia Premier Hotel in the City of Kisumu.
The theme of the conference bringing together surgeons from all over the country was "Ethics in Surgical Practice"
Paperes presented were varied. Two final year students of Maseno University made presentations at the conference. Pamela Adhiambo gave a oral presentation on "wound dressing techniques and cost incured by patients at Migori Country Referal Hospital", while J. Lando made a poster presentation on "Assessment of patient satisfaction levels in a County Referal hospital, a case of Busia County Referal Hospital". The departmetn congratualtes them on thier efforts in making presentations at this conference.
Faculty attending the conference included Drs. C. Bitta and P. Marwa and Prof. S. Ogendo.
New office bearers for the society were elected and Dr. Nthumba was elected as the next Society President for a tenure of two years.

Curriculum Development workshop in Arusha.

Prof. Ogendo recently attended a curriculum development workshop held in Arusha, Tanzania.
The workshop brought together many surgeons from the region with the aim of strengthening curriculum development skills.


Wechampions sessionin progress at the Mathematics computor laboratory, Maseno

Web champions training begins.

In an effort to impove Maseno University web presence, the IT department recently embarked on a web champions training excerise.
Departments nominated their respective champions and the first training was held on 15th March 2017. The training commenced with an introduction on the website layout and how this will affect out website development.
The trainig so far has been taken positively by the particiants.
Fiurther meetings were scheduled to take place weekly thereafter.

Visit to JOOTRH by Prof. Peter Wee

Left to right: Dr. Koyo, Dr. M Owiti, Prof. Ogendo,
Prof Wee and Dr. Ganda
alt Prof. Peter Weefrom Holland and a friend of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH), recently visited the institution. On his visit he was accompanied by a member of the hospital management board, Dr. Bonface Ganda
The purpose of the visit was to look into possible ways of improving the collaboration between him and JOOTRH on the side of renal services. During a tour of the hospital he visited the renal unit to inspect equipment he had previously assisted in procuring and also staff he had assisted in training.

The possibility of further training and equipment replacement for the hospital was discussed and it is hoped this will materialise.
Dr. Ganda agreed to further follow up the issue and also see that renal fistula sets are provided in theatres.

At the hospital he was received by Dr. Koyo the acting CEO, Dr. M. Owiti, renal physician and chairman, Department of Medical Physiology and Prof Ogendo, chairman Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology.


Dr. Henry Nyawanda

Departure of Dr. Henry Nyawanda

Department regrets to announce the departure of Dr. Henry Nyawanda who left at the end of 2016.
Dr. Nyawanda was one of the founder members of the department and has taught ENT for the last three years. He will be missed by the department and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

Writting of post graduate curriculum completed.

The department is pleased to announce the completion of a proposed postgraduate programme for general surgery. This document followed a needs assessment review and the chairman wishes to thank all members of the department who contributed to the completion of this document.

The document has since been submitted to the School of Graduate studies for onward transmission to senate
It is hope by the 2017/2018 academic year we should be in a position to admit our first graduates. We hope this will be an incentive for our graduates to come back to their mother university for postgraduate training.

The focus of the programme is to train competent surgeons capable of working in the Kenyan environment and beyond.
The department will in the intermediate future consider developing orthopaedic and anaesthetic programmes.

Joint Surgical Society of Kenya, COSECSA Conference

From December 7th to 9th 2016 the Surgical Society of Kenya in conjunction with the College of surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa, COSECSA,held a joint annual meeting at PrideInn, Mombasa. The meeting was attended by very many international surgeons and was a rich forum for academic exchange.

COSECSA council


Prof. D. Magee receiving honorary degree from COSECSA President, Prof M. Dibrew

Honorary degrees were awarded to fellows who have made significant contributions to surgery within the region. In this regard special mention is made of Prof. Declan McGee. Former president of theRoyal College of Surgeons in Ireland, who through his College has played an important role in advancing surgery in the COMESA region.

From the department of surgery Prof Ogendo and Dr. Bitta attended the conference.During the same meeting, Sudan was formally accepted into the College as its most recent member. This bringings the membership of COSECSA to eleven counters.