By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Following an understudy programme and training undertaken by some staff of the University of Jos, all is now set for the commencement of a simulation centre in the institution.

The institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications; Abdullahi Abdullahi stated all facilities are in place and the trained personnel would serve as facilitators as the centres.

Abdullahi in a statement in Jos explained, “Medical simulation is the acquisition of clinical skills through deliberate practice where tools serve as an alternative to real patients in which a trainee can make mistakes and learn from them without the fear of harming the patient.

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“The Simulation Centre is a contiguous system designed to simulate the patient flow process with a pre-hospital room, emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, and pharmacy.”

He added the process has become a key tool in the training of doctors and allows experts to plan complicated operations and assess perioperative risks, stressing, “The Facilitators undertook the training at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda as part of a collaboration between the two Universities aimed at improving the quality of Medical training and employing advanced technology at the Medical College.”

He noted the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tanko Ishaya said the development will “impact positively on the nation’s health sector and encouraged the Facilitators to train others to reach a point of full adaptation.”

According to him, “Simulation has become an important tool in the training of Medical Personnel and maintenance of patient safety hence the need to focus on joining the global community towards addressing particular health challenges.”

He encouraged the University’s College of Health Sciences to ensure that the project impacts positively on Medical Students and encouraged them to attract more interventions for the utilization of technology to enhance academic and research quality.

Initiator of the project and a Lecturer with the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, Dr. Data Santorino said the importance of Simulation for life development course training cannot be overlooked as it has become compulsory and examinable for the training of doctors in Uganda.

Santorino said the visit is to support the University of Jos become a full-fledged Simulation Facilitator Centre equipped to propagate the new methodology in the institution.