Boitekanelo College Managing Director, Dr Tiro Mampane, said there is a need for a concerted effort in the continent to address and augment shortage of skills in the areas of health and specialized medicine disciplines.
He said it is to redress especially with the rapid increase of non-communicable disease patterns in the region.
Speaking at the first ever emergency medicine conference for health care professionals in Gaborone, he said there is need for seeking innovative approaches to pre-hospital care, trauma and emergency care in the Southern African region.
He pointed out that the so called lifestyle diseases due to the growth of the economies in the SADC region as a whole, has led to the increased demand for skilled professionals, like emergency Doctors, paramedics, ICU nurses, Emergency Nurses, Clinical Technologist, Anesthetist and added that all the team members required for efficient service delivery.
“It is against this background that we as Boitekanelo College would like to play an important leading role in training, capacity building of our most important asset being the healthcare professionals,” said Dr Mampane.
He is of the view that in the area of emergency medicine in Botswana and the Southern African region, there is an increasing need to build capacity through training and innovative initiatives and strategic approaches are imperative. Dr Mampane also acknowledged the speakers which included Professor Mahadeven from Stanford University, USA, Dr Melanie Stander, chairperson of Emergency Medicine South Africa and Raveen Naidoo, chairperson of the Professional Board of Emergency Care for Emergency Care, South Africa as well as Dr Kafwamfwa, Deputy Director Emergency Health services, Zambia.
“Boitekanelo College works well in terms of benchmarking exercise, information sharing as well as being our mentors in our pursuit for being amongst the best in the region,” he said.
He pointed out that the first ever International Emergency Medicine Conference in Gaborone Botswana is a very important event for the region as it poses to address the prevailing medical challenges in the SADC Region.
The theme for the conference was ‘Setting the Agenda in Emergency Medicine in the Southern African Region.’ The interaction provided a platform for the potential development of emergency medicine in Botswana as interaction with other stakeholders of healthcare fraternity.