SOME 30 medical practitioners including nurses and midwives at the Benjamin Mkapa Hospital have received training through Tanzania National Nurses Association (TANNA) on prevention of a hospital-acquired infection (HAI).

Under the auspices of Johnson and Johnson, a multinational pharmaceutical company, the training was geared towards imparting knowledge on proper use of medical devices to medical practitioners to prevent HAI.

“The main goal of the training workshop is to provide medical practitioners with knowledge on prevention of a hospital-acquired infection,” National Sales Manager of Johnson and Johnson, Mr Adam Mponda, said during a one-day training workshop here over the weekend.

Mr Mponda explained that HAI is an infection that can be acquired in hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation facility, outpatient clinic or other clinical settings and that infection is spread to the susceptible patient in the clinical setting by various means.

“We came up with the idea to train medical practitioners after realizing that some medical practitioners do not use the medical devices properly,” he observed.

Mr Mponda informed that the training workshop would cover a number of topics including types of a hospital-acquired infection and prevention of HAI as well as proper use of medical devices to prevent HAI.

He pointed out some types of HAI as hospital-acquired pneumonia or ventilator-associated pneumonia, gastroenteritis, puerperal fever and central line associated blood stream infection.

Mr Mponda named some of the measures to prevent HAI as controlling and monitoring hospital indoor air quality needs to be on agenda in management for those with ventilator-associated or hospital acquired pneumonia.

Director of Nursing Services at BMH, Ms Salome Kasanga, expressed gratitude to the Johnson and Johnson pharmaceutical company for the training, saying the training was vital to improve prevention of HAI in BMH.

“I call on the workshop participants to share knowledge acquired here to your colleagues to improve prevention of hospital-acquired infection,” said Ms Kasanga, while delivering an opening speech on behalf of Executive Director of BMH, Dr Alphonse Chandika.

Chairman for TANNA branch at BMH, Mr Bahati Sai, said the training would improve implementation of measures to prevent HAI in BMH, promising to share knowledge acquired in the workshop with his colleagues in the Hospital.

PARTICIPANTS of a training workshop on prevention of a hospital-acquired infection in a group photo with Director of Nursing Services at BMH, Ms Salome Kasanga (tenth left) and facilitator from Johnson and Johnson, Mr Adam Mponda (ninth left).

Prepared by Communications Unit of BMH

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