Namibia to produce own specialist anaesthetists for the first time

February 22, 2018, 7:45pm

The University of Namibia has introduced a new Masters in Anaesthesia with the support of Cardiff University in Wales, and has just kicked off the with the first six students. 

This lifesaving medical care program will be transformed in Namibia with the new postgraduate course, and will increase the number of state anaesthetists. 

These students will be the first specialist anaesthetists trained in the country.

The training will help address an acute shortage of anaesthetists which leaves patients facing long waiting lists for surgery and a lack of specialist care during emergency operations.

The students will transform the number of dedicated anaesthetists available, building self-sufficiency for the training of specialist anaesthetists in Namibia and improving the quality of patient care.

Professor Frednard Gideon, Pro-Vice Chancellor: Academic Affairs at UNAM said: “The start of the training of the anaesthetists is a huge relieve to the health care and pain management delivery in the public hospitals in Namibia.