Experts call for precise diagnosis to enhance healthcare delivery

• GE Healthcare, ECHOLAB Radiology train over 200 healthcare professionals in two workshops
• Training designed for radiologists, radiographers, specialists, general practitioners

The need for precise diagnosis of ailments as a way of achieving quality medical care and patients’ satisfaction, has again been emphasized by experts who spoke at recent workshops on the matter in Abuja and Lagos.

About 200 medical professionals benefitted from two clinical workshops organized by General Electric Healthcare in collaboration with ECHOLAB Radiology and Laboratory Services across Abuja and Lagos.

Held under the theme ‘Elevating Radiology’, the workshops focused on topics including Computed Tomography (CT) & Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI) in stroke management, among other topics and were designed to help hospital professionals, especially radiologists, radiographers, specialists and general practitioners, optimize their work.
In his remarks at the forum, Eyong Ebai, General Manager, West, Central & French Sub-Saharan Africa for GE Healthcare, noted that “precise diagnosis is a result of quality imaging services done by well-equipped and well-trained clinicians,” adding that “this can greatly help to improve patient satisfaction and the bottom line of both public and private healthcare providers.”

AbeyaNews reports that, as in every other field of human endeavour, training and skills development have become very critical in the effort to ensure efficiency of healthcare staff.

In the light of rapidly developing technologies and constant updates in procedures, it means that healthcare professionals need to continually reevaluate their training needs, which GE Healthcare appears poised to meet through the workshops by providing equipment’s users with opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills to optimize equipment usage, clinical practice and patient care.

According to Pius Ihimekpen, Sales and Marketing Director of ECHOLAB, the mission of the medical equipment company “is to provide world class practice delivery of diagnostic services in Nigeria as the ultimate one-stop shop with a full range of diagnostic services to investigate a wide range of illnesses and conditions.”

“The trainings delivered in collaboration with GE Healthcare are important (for) our experts to keep up with technological advancements in the healthcare industry and remain relevant in providing patient-centred services,” Ihemekpen added.

Similarly, says Ebai, GE has a strong commitment to advancing education and skills development of healthcare professionals to promote local capacity across Africa.

“GE Healthcare has established three healthcare training centres and one innovation center to serve the continent. Additionally, GE’s Lagos Garage, launched in 2016 to support SME development in Nigeria has trained 1,000 entrepreneurs so far, to use the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies; 3D printers, CNC mills, and laser cutters as well as business development,” he surmised.

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