Training can save

2017-09-13 06:02

A team of 12 personnel members, including doctors, nurses and support staff of the Northern Cape Department of Health, was sent to the University of New Mexico to be trained as master trainers to extend workforce capacity.

The initiative is aimed at sharing best practices and medical knowledge with primary care providers.

According to the department, this brings evidence-based health care to rural and underserved patients by helping frontline providers acquire new skills and expertise via weekly virtual clinics with specialists at the tertiary hospital.

Due to the fact that it has become a model for providing health care in remote areas, those outlying areas will be mentored.

The initiative is reported to have resulted from talks with the Bristol Meyers Squib Foundation, that approached the Kimberley Hospital Oncology unit with regard to the high rate of lung cancer in parts of the Northern Cape.

“The foundation was particularly interested in providing funding to improve Oncology Services within the province subject to an approved proposal and thus made available funding for the oncology team to attend the first ECHO Immersion training in New Mexico,” explain Lulu Mxekezo from the department.

The agreement is not limited to oncology services only, but includes all health disciplines.

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