The sixth batch of Operating Room Technicians drawn from various hospitals in Guyana and Belize graduated on Wednesday.The successful graduates are from the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), five; three from private institutions; two from the Mabaruma Regional Hospital; and two from the Belize Defence Force. They are two Medic Soldiers (from Belize), one Nursing Assistant and nine Patient Care Assistants.At the simple graduation ceremony at the GPHC Resources Centre, the graduates were charged by Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Keith Alonzo, to notThe sixth batch of Operating Room Technicians with some of the course facilitators, and Senior Officials of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporationbecome complacent with their new skill, and to continually strive to develop themselves.“You have worked hard to achieve this milestone. Your work is not in vain. As certified Operating Room Technicians you have the necessary skills… that can open doors to many achievements,” Alonzo said.Further Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis noted that as Operating Room Technicians, they have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that persons feel better and lives are saved.“Your job places you in the operating room before, during and after (surgeries). Preparing the operating room, ensuring all the necessary supplies and surgical tools are there, sterile and free from any foreign bodies and generally making certain that everything is in place in the correct manner,” the CEO said.The nine-month training exercise began in April 2017 and was primarily based at the GPHC. Eighty percent of the training time was spent in the operating room giving each trainee firsthand experience about operating procedures.During the nine-month period the trainees were also exposed to training in Ophthalmology, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgical procedures, laparoscopic surgeries and neurological surgeries.The trainees took their final theoretical examination on January 21, 2018, and the practical examination on January 23. This batch recorded a 100 per cent pass rate, resulting in all 12 trainees completing the programme.The trainees then began a 12-week period of preceptorship where they will continue to work under supervision, improving their skills and competence. Following this, they will return to their respective hospitals to function in their capacities as Operating Room Technicians.
“We are just waiting for them to request for a release letter and an ITC (International Transfer Certificate). He is our player, under contract and there is no way he can leave for free, behind our backs. What he and the club have done is very wrong,” an infuriated Kalekwa said.He added; “We had clubs which had asked for his services and valued him very high and now, for us to hand him a release, the club has to meet our valuation or else there is no deal.”Capital Sports understands that a club in Egypt was ready to offer Sh15mn for his services while there was a second one which had tabled a Sh10mn bid.A second tier club in France was also said to be interested in his services having watched him play for Harambee Stars in their friendly against Madagascar in Paris in June.Umaru Kassumba wheels away in celebration joined by John Avire after scoring an injury time equalizer against Vihiga United. PHOTO/SofapakaAvire reportedly travelled to Egypt behind the club’s back and engineered a move to the side, one that was allegedly aided by immediate former Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi, who had to step down in the middle of the storm.With the new development, it will either force the club to bend to Sofapaka’s valuation or lose out on the player.However, according to sources, Avire is banking on the fact that he went unpaid at Sofapaka for more than two months and according to FIFA rules, that alone gives him the right to agitate for a move out of the club.With both sides sticking to their guns, the case looks likely to end up in FIFA ‘s player disputes tribunal if no consensus is reached before the transfer window closes in the next three weeks.Meanwhile, Sofapaka have confirmed the departure of several key players including the Burundian duo of Justin Ndikumana and Mousa Omar who were vital in their campaign last season. Also leaving is midfielder Dennis Odhiambo.Sofapaka strker Umaru Kasumba celebrates one of his two goals against Mathare United with teammate Dennis Odhiambo during a Kenyan Premier League fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAll are leaving on mutual agreement.Stephgen Waruru already left to join KCB while Piston Mutamba and Mike Oduor joined Wazito with Cliff Kasuti heading down the Coast to Bandari.Top scorer Umaru Kasumba left for Zesco United after his contract ended.While the club has admitted the departure of the key players will affect the team, Kalekwa says plans are in place to ensure they bring equally quality signings with a Portuguese coach set to arrive later this week.“We have already started engaging with some players and we have progress. We have to build a strong team for the new season because we want to compete for trophies. We will have a foreign coach jetting in this week,” Kalekwa told the club’s official website.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks defender Nixon Omondi makes a brilliant tackle to deny Sofapaka’s John Avire a chance to progress during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 18, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka say they will not let striker John Avire leave for less than what they value him for after it emerged that newly promoted Egyptian side Tanta FC had officially signed him.The forward, according to Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa has a running contract with the club having just joined last December from Mount Kenya United.