Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in partnership with Kiambu County government have completed a four-day training of health workers on management of critically ill COVID-19 patients at Thika Level 5 hospital.
The training conducted between May 26-29, 2020, was in response to governments directive to make Thika level 5 hospital a special isolation center for COVID-19 patients, hence the need to prepare the special COVID-19 health care team on the safety procedures of handling the patients.
The participants are expected to furnish practical and scalable recommendations to their respective hospitals on the necessary measures required to contain and manage COVID-19.
Dr. Jackline Anthoga who is the head of JKUAT’s Anesthesiology and Critical Care Department and also one of the principal trainers noted that “critical care which is a special field is currently experiencing a shortage of health care workers in anesthesiology and therefore necessitated the training before the hospital starts receiving patients”.
The training focused on equipping the trainees with basic and critical skills such as monitoring patient progress through different phases of symptoms such as cough and fever, troubled breathing requiring oxygen and mechanical ventilation as well as weaning off a ventilator
The participants are expected to use the protocols and guidelines for COVID-19 management to ensure both their safety and that of their patients comes first.
Rosemary Kamande, a nurse at Thika Level 5 lauded the training as a thoughtful initiative saying her confidence has shot up having been nervous about handling a COVID-19 patient.
“This training is very vital to us because we will be directly working with the patients. Now I know all the safety measures and I believe we are now ready to face this disease head on,” said Mrs. Kamande.
She added that the training will also be beneficial post COVID-19 noting that equipment such as ventilators are always a necessity in any hospital but the expertise on handling them are limited.
Among other key trainers was Dr. Mary Mwangi of Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital who spoke extensively on critical care and ventilatory support of COVID-19 patients having been at the forefront of caring and managing the patients since the first case was confirmed in the Kenya.
Other trainers were Dr. Charles Kabetu (JKUAT), Dr Eunice Ngatia (Gatundu), Dr. Linda Nguu (Kiambu), Ms. Eunice Chelogoi (JKUAT), Dr. Joan Wanyama (JKUAT) and Dr. Ruth Mbandi