Centre of Excellence Award

Aga Khan University Hospital's Ultrasound Department granted 'Centre of Excellence' Status

http://authoringhospitals.aku.edu/nairobi/aboutus/News/PublishingImages/AKU COE Award.JPGDr. Sudhir Vinayak (third from right), Chair, KESUMB and Radiology Department at AKUH receives a CoE Certificate from Dr. Christian Nolsoe (second from left), President elect WFUMB during an International ultrasound conference held at AKUH.February 7, 2014

The Aga Khan University’s Ultrasound department has been granted a “Centre of Excellence” (CoE) status by the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB). The hospital becomes a regional centre for training sonographers to the highest standards approved by the world body.

This award was received by Dr. Sudhir Vinayak, Chair, Department of Radiology at Aga Khan University Hospital and the Chairman of the Kenya Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (KESUMB) on behalf of the Hospital.

This was during an international conference organized by KESUMB and WFUMB that was hosted at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

In his message, Dr. Hassen Gharbi, President WFUMB said, “The Centre of Excellence certification is only given to an ultrasound facility of repute that regularly meets the highest level of quality in clinical service. I congratulate Aga Khan University for meeting these standards and I hope they will work with KESUMB to train sonographers to offer similar service in all parts of Kenya.”

Asmita Gilani, the CEO of the Hospital said, “We are extremely humbled by the honour of this award as it speaks volumes of the efforts Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has made to become a Centre of Excellence in this region.”

“Last year AKUH was granted the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, which is the highest international hospital accreditation.  We were the first hospital in East Africa and one of six other hospitals in the entire continent of Africa to receive this coveted accreditation. This ultrasound award is the icing on the cake.”

Ultrasound is making big progress worldwide and has tremendous opportunities for the future. It is a commonly used radiation-free diagnostic medical imaging technique that can be utilized in obstetrics and gynaecology, cardiology and in all spheres of medicine, including cancer examinations. Ultrasound is preferred as it is harmless, non- invasive, offers no discomfort, it is cheaper than other forms of imaging and does not require bulky machines.

Since the accuracy of ultrasound results is 90 per cent dependent on the skill of the sonographer, education is of paramount importance. As a Centre of Excellence in the region, Aga Khan University has the major task of intensifying training to bridge the huge shortfall of experts in this field. This will be done with support from the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB).


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