UHAS to construct a medical imaging simulation lab with a 1.4 million dollar grant.
UHAS: Prof. Lydia Aziato, Vice Chancellor of UHAS, has established a nine-member Project Implementation Committee to supervise the construction of a medical imaging simulation laboratory.
This lab, when finished, will be the first of its sort in West Africa.
The Ghana Skills Development Fund (GSDF) awarded a 1.4-million-cedi grant to a two-person UHAS team, Prof. Lydia Aziato and Dr. Seth Kwadjo Angmorterh as co-principal investigators.
Prof. Lydia Aziato, Dr. Seth Angmorterh, Dr. Huseini Alidu, Mr. Felix Eduful De-Corsah, Mr. Patrick de Souza, Arc. Ruth Ayittey, Mr. George Asante, Mr. Kodjo Baidoo, and Mrs. Victoria Quartson (Secretary) are members of the Committee.
The simulation lab was specially created to offer immersive learning experiences for medical professionals and students, as well as to let learners practice and advance their clinical skills without endangering themselves or their patients.
In his presentation to the committee, Dr. Seth Kwadjo Angmorterh, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator, explained that since the Department of Medical Imaging’s establishment in the 2017–2018 academic year.
it has struggled with a lack of radiology equipment for clinical training.
This problem has had a negative impact on students’ clinical competency because they frequently have to travel to Accra, Kumasi, and other cities to use other hospitals for clinical training.
He continued by saying that the problem has had a detrimental effect on research at UHAS, which aspires to be a leading institution of health education with a strong focus on research and application.
According to him, the department requires an MRI machine, a fluoroscopy machine, and a C-arm machine to supplement studies, but they are quite expensive; as a result, a medical imaging simulation lab must be set up to virtually house all of this equipment for training.
The adaptable educational technology environment would facilitate teaching and learning while protecting students from radiation exposure, according to Mr. Kojo Baidoo, Managing Partner of the service provider All-Tech Engineering.
In his remarks at the committee’s inauguration, Prof. Aziato, the principal investigator and chair of the nine-member committee, reminded members of its terms of reference, which include, among other things, monitoring the construction of the proposed lab, ensuring prompt report submission to the funder, and ensuring high-quality device installation.