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.”
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.”
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).