AIUWA President: My focus is to bring latest technologies to Gambia

Thursday, March 21, 2019

President of American International University West Africa (AIUWA) said on Tuesday that his strongest focus was to bring latest world-class medical health technologies to The Gambia that would make the country a hub for medical practitioners all over West African and beyond.

“We want to set-up a Virtual Reality Simulation Lab in the next two years that will be the first in West Africa,” Dr. Dinesh Shukla told students at a symposium held at the AIUWA conference hall in Kanifing.

At the symposium, four lecturers from the University of Utah in United States delivered presentations as part of a Memorandum of Understanding that the two universities entered into some years ago.

American International University West Africa (AIUWA) is a registered and approved institution of higher education by Gambia’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, providing effective and World-Class education to qualified and motivated students directly after high school.

“This university was established with the view to train and educate health professionals so that they can serve the general population,” Dr. Shukla said, and added, “to do that, we need outside help to guide us through the process.”

Mark Harris, an anesthesia specialist from the University of Utah reminded medical students that anesthesia is an ‘irony’ of paranoia so they need to be always considered in the worst case scenario in their practice.  “You should be always careful when inducing trauma patients. Always use sympathetic simulation.”

He said he is optimistic about the future in Gambia’s medical practice sector, saying they will continue to help in whatever big or small way they could to improve the country’s medical practice base.

Scott Junkins and Candace Chang, also anesthesia specialists from University of Utah, said with the new era of changes and alignment of education in The Gambia, the country will soon start producing home-grown medical practitioners in various areas of the profession.

“This will reduce the problem of the country relying on outside medical treatments for certain ailments,” Candace Chang said, and added, “I am inspired by the students I met here. They understand everything in anesthesia but find it difficult to use it.

She said the philosophy of their coming to The Gambia was how they could teach health practitioners to help patients.

Another lecturer Maziar Nourian inspired the students to stay focused, saying practicing medicine requires time and commitment. “I am impressed with your research projects and that tells me that all of you have clearer understanding of clinical medicine,” he told the students.0

Author: Amadou Jallow