The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Netherlands-based digital eLearning leader, Incision Academy, to introduce an innovative eLearning and training platform to upskill doctors’ surgical skills.

Incision’s eLearning platform allows medical students and surgeons to improve their surgical skills through practical, step-by-step 3D video guides on how to carry out a number of common surgical procedures, such as hysterectomy, thymectomy and parotidectomy.

The platform can be accessed through any digital device at any place with internet connectivity.

According to Incision’s local representative in Ghana and the Lead Project Manager, Dr Elvis Kuma Forson, there’s was a deficit in surgical skills and training worldwide, especially in the emerging economies where standardised approaches to doing surgeries are rare due to the lack of skills and services in some of the health facilities.

The introduction of the online academy will enable doctors who want to further develop their skills in a particular surgical procedure to do so through the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme and earn points for their license by the Medical and Dental Council.

In addition the CPD will help retain doctors in community-based health facilities and prevent doctors in the remote areas from traveling to the teaching hospitals to build their capacities.

“The medical officers in the districts will not need to come and compete with other specialist trainees at the tertiary facilities, this will help retain the medical officers within the community based health facilities where they are most needed,” Dr Forson told Modern Ghana News.

Dr Forson says the platform would be progressively updated and upgraded to contain the necessary content and features to make the goals of training, professional networking and eHealth delivery possible.

He revealed that with the help of MTN; one of the leading mobile telephone operators in the country, the academy will diversify its operations to empower health institutions to deliver eHealth services to their communities.

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