Health workers empowered in caring for stroke patients

DAR ES SALAAM: MUHIMBILI National Hospital – Mloganzila, in collaboration with the World Stroke Organisation, has launched specialised training for healthcare professionals in managing stroke patients.

The initiative, which started on Wednesday at MNH-Mloganzila, aims to continually improve services for individuals affected by strokes in the country, as the number of stroke patients has increased.

Elaborating on the training on behalf of the Executive Director, Dr Elimeena Meda, Head of the Outpatient Department (OPD), said that these sessions are very important for healthcare professionals.

“We recognise the need to continually enhance care for stroke patients. These training sessions encompass all professionals involved in the treatment of stroke patients, ensuring improved services from admission to discharge,” said Dr Meda.

Dr Meda added that the increasing number of stroke patients has led to increased demands. Therefore, equipping healthcare providers with the best practices in caring for these stroke patients is of paramount importance.

Dr Sarah Matuja, the training coordinator from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), highlighted that stroke has become a national threat, affecting individuals between the ages of 40 and 60.

“Having this group of people aged 40 to 60 years means it consequently impacts the workforce in society, and we need to train these healthcare providers with the best skills in order to serve the workforce of the nation,” said Dr Matuja.

This collaborative effort between MNH-Mloganzila and the World Stroke Organisation signifies a commitment to address the growing challenge of stroke incidences in Tanzania and ensure that healthcare professionals are well-equipped to handle the increasing demands of stroke patient care.

Conducted by world-renowned stroke specialists, the training takes place from January 9 to March 19, 2024. The sessions involve both theoretical and practical components, with the instructors being expert Stroke Physicians.

The goal is to empower healthcare providers with the latest knowledge and skills required to deliver optimal care to stroke patients.

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