Sierra Leonean Nurse Anaesthetist Lamin Fofonah recently spent four months on an Anaesthetics placement at Korle-Bu training hospital in Accra Ghana. He is pictured here on the left with Sierra Leonean Anaesthetist trainee, Dr Mohamed Kargbo, who is also placed at Korle – Bu. Dr Kargbo is currently part of a surgical team visiting Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone, alongside Ghanaian Reconstructive Surgeon Mr Edem Anyigba, Sierra Leonean Reconstructive Surgeon trainee Dr Abdulai Jalloh, Ghanaian Anaesthetist Benjamin Bediako, and Nurses Anita Akoto and Benedicta Appiah. Anita and Benedicta have recently returned from a 3 month nurse training placement at Ganga hospital in India, and have used this time in Sierra Leone to pass on new skills to the HSH nursing cohort.
Lamin is currently studying for a 2-year BSc in Anaesthetics in Kumasi and returns to Sierra Leone at the end of the year. Lamin writes:“These four months have been very useful with regards to my practical experience in anaesthesia, It has given me the opportunity to work with more than 50 different physician anaesthesiologist in my different posting departments. The anaesthetist team is well structured and disciplined which I am going to replicate in Sierra Leone and at the Holy Spirit Hospital in particular prior to the return of my boss, Dr Mohamed Kargbo. The seniors were accommodating and I was given easy access to practice under there supervision. Teaching me was just their priority especially after introducing myself to them. I was really impressed with their theatre set up and system of administration of anaesthesia, a lot was learnt. The most interesting and educative session has been the meeting that is usually held every Monday and Tuesday morning for all the anaesthetists including the professors. I wish to take that particular, refreshing, inspiring and educational program back home, I am grateful that resurge Africa has constructed a nice conference hall for us which has been well organized by our mentor Mr Dickya. I shall be completing my program in December this year and I would be going to Sierra Leone within the same period and start as soon as possible implementing all I have acquired to make a difference… and I will!”