Global Health & Medicine 2021;3(1):52-55.
Enhancing the use of computed tomography and cardiac catheterization angiography in Zambia: A project report on a global extension of medical technology in Japan
Kono Y, Shimizu E, Matsunaga F, Egami Y, Yoneda K, Sakamoto K, Mubita M, Sichizya VS, Wakamatsu K, Terashima M, Fujita N
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in adults in Zambia among the noncommunicable diseases. The Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health procured Japanese radiological systems, computed tomography, and angiography for the University Teaching Hospitals (UTHs) – Adult in 2015. However, the operation of these diagnostic systems has not been optimal due to lack of a proper maintenance service plan, lack of competent health professionals, and erratic supply of medical consumables. In this study, we report our experiences of providing intensive training to multidisciplinary healthcare teams of the radiology department at UTHs – Adult from 2017 to 2019 to strengthen the quality management system of the radiological equipment so as to provide effective healthcare services. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had enormous negative impact on essential healthcare. Long-term support through continuous hands-on training must be provided to establish sustainable healthcare services.