GE Healthcare and the Kenya Cardiac Society (KCS) have entered into a two year collaboration to offer echocardiography training to physicians and technicians in public and private hospitals in the country.
The training will enable the physicians and technicians to better offer primary baseline assessment for patients with identified cardiac illnesses.
According to the Kenya STEPwise Survey for non-communicable diseases, mortality due to cardiovascular diseases in the country ranges from 6 – 8%, with most of the heart failure cases caused by undetected, untreated or poorly treated hypertension.
“Many facilities have inadequate echocardiography services as well as low access to training for practitioners in the treatment and management of various heart conditions. We are happy to collaborate with GE Healthcare to provide structured training that will enable participants to better diagnose and treat cardiac cases,” said KCS President, Dr Bernard Gitura.
The training, which will be held in six month cohorts, will provide participants with technical skills on cardiac imaging with focus on anatomy, physiology and hemodynamics as well as sonographic measurement and probe manipulation skills.
In addition, the training programme will include several practical sessions led by sonographers and physician cardiologists.
Currently, Kenya has approximately 60 cardiac specialists. The course will see 40 personnel trained over the two year duration of the partnership.
“The challenge in the efficient delivery of good-quality cardiac care is the absence of skilled and well-trained Healthcare Professionals (HCPs). Our collaboration with the Kenya Cardiac Society to provide echocardiography training is a key step in improving access to quality healthcare across the country,” said CEO of GE Healthcare East Africa, Andrew Waititu.
GE Healthcare has a long history in supporting education and training to drive improved health outcomes. In 2016, GE inaugurated a healthcare training and skills institute in Kenya designed to train health professionals. Over 1,900 professionals have benefited from the institute since its launch.