GASPPRO’s mission is to further the progress of patient safety programs in Ghana and West Africa in general by advocating for professionalism in surgical instrument GASPPRO! – INSTRUMENTAL TO PATIENTCARE reprocessing and heighten the level of expertise and recognition for Central Service profession. It started in 2018 with a team of seven visionary leaders.
VT-6 in the sterile processing industry, in the United States. The VT-6 met in Phoenix Arizona at the 2018 ‘IAHCSMM’ annual international conference where the leaders with like-intents shared ideas aimed at advocating for high standards in sterile processing in Ghana, West Africa and Africa as a whole. The idea stems from the compassion towards the surgical patient in Ghana.
We caught up with a representative here in Ghana to throw more light on the whole process…
Thank you for your time to talk with us – let’s start by asking that we have the GHASPA, the GASPPRO and so much professional organizations in this line, walk us through the differences and at what point can we say that they align (if they ever do)?
To begin, GASPPRO is Ghana American Sterile Processing Professionals. GASPPRO started in the year 2018 with a team of six visionary leaders. These leaders are tagged with the name VT-6 in the sterile processing industry (United States). The VT-6 met in Phoenix Arizona at the 2018 ‘IAHCSMM’ annual international conference where the VT-6 leaders with like-intents shared ideas aimed at advocating for high standards in sterile processing in Ghana, West Africa and Africa as a whole. GHASPA is the Ghana chapter serving a common purpose.
Your community consists of many patient care professionals from local and national health care facilities, and the vendors that support and provide for the many healthcare facilities in Ghana – so far how has the initiative been doing?
In respect to the community, GASPPRO’s mission is to further the progress of patient safety programs in Ghana and then extend it to West Africa in general by advocating for professionalism in surgical instrument. It’s also in our focus to heighten the level of expertise and recognition for Central Service profession. So far, we have a number of certified and trained people in Ghana who are all ready to push the program/project far.
As GASPPRO is growing, how would you want the general public to join and share in this experience?
Approximately 2 million people get infection related disease every year. Africans are no exception. This is where Ghanaians especially the youth must embrace the GASPPRO programs channeled at patient care instrument processing to enable us heighten the level of expertise and hence drop the infection rate drastically in Ghana, just as the saying goes ‘Health Is Wealth’.
There are different medical device vendors around the world and in the country, what stands you out, what is that niche that you would say is remarkable from your end?
What stands GASPPRO out is that the VT-6 are all certified executive members of IAHCSMM. Worldwide, IAHCSMM tops it all in respect with infection control and it’s our outsourcer. Aside that GASPPRO is advocating for the implementation of Central Service Technical Course for hospital staff who clean patient care devices in Ghana. GASPPRO is also providing education, professional development, certification, and state of the profession information. It’s in this regard that after certification you obtain the opportunity to become a Central Service professional and then stand the chance to work with our associate hospitals. GASPPRO IS networked with allied partners, members and associates, both local and abroad. Our certificate can help you secure a job in Ghana or in America. GASPPRO is here to present opportunities for Central Service professionals.
As you know, there are Policies and Procedure to ensure the delivery of safe surgical instrumentation and equipment’s needed for patient care – what are some your policies that you would want to share for people to know that their lives are important to you?
Issues concerning instrumentation are very delicate, the reason why we advocating for the implementation of Central Service Technical Course for hospital staff to enhance the handling of clean and sterilized patient care devices. It’s with this educational and handling processes that we can all help reduce (if not completely eradicate) the percentage of infection cases per annum in Ghana , and all parameters GASPPRO will eventually cover.
We know GASPPRO in 2018 with a set of visionaries, tell us more on how the journey from day-one till where we are now
It was in Phoenix Arizona at the 2018 ‘IAHCSMM’ annual international conference where these six leaders with like-intents met, shared ideas, and planned on advocating for high standards in sterile processing in Ghana, West Africa and Africa as a whole. After that conference, the VT-6 had meetings after meeting geared at how the entire organisation and program will be structured, and also set standards on how the entire project will take shape in Ghana and other parts of Africa.
The main motive is, “…the compassion towards the surgical patient in Ghana”; can you give us more details into this words?
With reference to question one, two million people get infection worldwide out of surgery every year, GASPPRO’s mission is to create an atmosphere where people will get into the surgery ward or operation room and come out successfully without any infection in the cause of being treated at the hospital. That is the compassion we (GASPPRO) have towards the surgical patient in Ghana.
The VT-6 annual international conference (IAHCSMM) where the leaders with like-intents shared ideas aimed at advocating for high standards in sterile processing in Ghana, West Africa and Africa as a whole…how has 2020 been like with the whole pandemic phase?
In March 2020, a team of four Executive Members from the United States came to Ghana, met the Ghanaian representative of GASPPRO, and visited several hospitals in different regions(Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Accra) for assessment on how surgical instruments is handled in Ghana. Surgical instrumention is about cleanliness and sterilization of instruments, same way Covid has everything to do cleanliness and safe practices. In this regard, governments have seen the need to accept organization like ours whose motive is to build a healthy nation. Truthfully Ghanaians are trying on surgical instrumention handling but a delicate field of this kind needs professional handling.
Still talking about the global Covid-19 pandemic, from your standpoint, what do you think the world can do to prevent such attack from surfacing anytime soon?
Safe practices is key to mankind, therefore we urge everyone take personal hygiene serious. This is one major way we can all help fight this pandemic.
JOHN ATTA AGLAH – MBA, BBA, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL (Communication Director)
To ensure the delivery of safe surgical instrumentation and equipment’s needed for patient care, how well can we say that they have lived up to the expectations expected of them?
In the US, IAHCSMM is the leading organisation when it comes to sterile surgical instrumention having our members on board for several years. With all the experience we have, Ghanaians are ensured of receiving a highest level of patient care required.
ALEXANDER KWAME APPIAH – CRCST (Ghana Representative & Treasurer)
Lastly, I would like to add that my team GASPPRO is working thoroughly on how we will offer FREE TUITION/TRAINING to KorleBu Teaching Hospital technicians with central service related jobs. It’s something we are discussing with the Ghana government (Health Sector) and will soon happen. All what GASPPRO wants to tell Ghanaians, the youth especially is to get themselves a rewarding career like ours.
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