39 Delegates from Korle-Bu, Kumasi and several other centres in Ghana completed the first THET sponsored Postgraduate Diploma Certificate in Burns Nursing at the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at Korle-Bu with the final module of the course running 21st to 25th November. The teaching concentrated on the following: advanced resuscitation and critical care, burns and reconstructive surgery and palliative care.
Nurses from the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit and Glasgow Royal Infirmary Burns Unit travelled to Accra to teach on this course. As well as their enormous contribution to the course they provided a great deal of donated equipment and toys for paediatric patients. A great rapport was established between the visiting nurses and the local team.
ReSurge sponsored surgeon, Dr Levi Ankrah returned to Accra to teach on the course all week and he was offered superb support by Korle-Bu senior surgeon Mr Tony Laing.
For the Surgical sessions an audio visual link was set up to allow operations to be viewed by the course delegates and some of the local surgeons. Dr Charles Asiedu, another ReSurge-sponsored surgeon performed two burns operations, and Mr Kwame Darko carried out several reconstructive operations. A team led by ReSurge directors Mr Opoku Ampomah and Mr Stuart Watson, and including ReSurge trainee Dr Eric Wongo from Sierra Leone, performed two microsurgical operations using new microsurgery instruments and tourniquets donated by UKAid/THET. Mr Albert Paintsil also gave the nurses his expert insights on treatment of children with Cleft Lip and Palate.
ReSurge Africa and course organiser, Stuart Watson would like to express their warmest gratitude to Mr Opoku Ampomah and Phyllis Ampomah who have entertained nearly all the visiting volunteers in their home, saving a great deal of funds on subsistence and accommodation costs. Mr Watson would also like to express his thanks to Interburns for their invaluable support to the course and for the use of some of their excellent teaching materials.
Overall the course has been a great success, Korle-Bu, ReSurge and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the main partners in the project, are very grateful to THET for their financial, moral and administrative support for this work. Two further Burns courses are planned to take place in Accra in March 2017.