An educational visit was recently arranged for surgeons based at the NIHR Global Surgery Unit hub in Tamale, Ghana, to visit the hub in South Africa and observe wound dressing practices. The visit was funded as part of the NIHR Global Surgery Unit’s Pump Priming Surgical Research Awards initiative which is aiming to increase research capacity in our partner countries.
In August 2019, Dr. Edwin Mwintiereh Ta-ang Yenli and Dr. Etuh Ighohwo visited Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.
You can read a brief account of their visit below
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital is a 3,400 bed hospital in the Soweto area of Johannesburg. It is one of the 40 Gauteng provincial hospitals, financed and run by Gauteng Provincial Health Authorities. Every year, about 150,000 inpatients and 500,000 patients’ cases are registered. It serves as a teaching hospital to the University of Witwatersrand Medical School
On first morning of our stay, the manager of the SA hub, Madam Ncamsile Nlabathi, assigned Mr. Nkululeko Nsesi to drive and guide us throughout the period of our stay.
At the adult burn unit, we met Professor Muganza. After exchanging pleasantries and introducing ourselves, we started the business of the day:
1.Our introduction by Professor Muganza to members of staff as he took us round to see various section of the unit
2.Thereafter, he asked us the reason prompting our visit to the unit:
- To observe how honey is being used for wound care
- To know the type/source of honey they use in their facility
- To link us up with the source of the honey
In his response, he explained that they are using two type of medical honey (melladerm plus & melladerm gel) produced by a company –MEDIKA SA Ltd located in South Africa and promised to introduce us to representative of the company next day. He further explained to us indications for the use of both preparations and the outcomes of treatment- which were very satisfactory according to him.
3.We were later allowed to observe the application of the melladerm plus/gel by nurses in the dressing of several patients with burn wound