German Pathologist Dr. Gerhard Stauch is back in Samoa.
This time, he is here to conduct a second Senior Expert Services (S.E.S) assignment for the National Health Services (N.H.S).
At the end of last year, Dr. Gerhard set up the Tele Pathology at the Pathology Laboratory of N.H.S. He was training the staff, especially Seve Dr. Emmanuel Chan Chui as the team leader of the Pathology Lab.
This time, Dr. Gerhard will remain in the country for about two months. He brought a lot of scientific books with him to extend the small library of the Pathology Lab.
“With your nice weather here in Samoa there is not much cloth needed, so I filled up my suitcase with useful material for the Pathology Lab,” Dr. Gerhard said.
His help is on a voluntary basis as all of the S.E.S Expert assistance around the globe.
On top of ongoing training, Dr. Gerhard wants to look at different areas to improve further the services for the N.H.S in the Pathology field.
His assignment is in the framework of the S.E.S, a German organization which sends retired experts around the world to assist in knowledge building.
The S.E.S has a database of over 12,000 retired Experts out of almost every field like Agriculture, Art, Engineering, Sports, Teaching, Health etc.
To launch an application in getting an expert is easy. The local Representative for the S.E.S and Honorary German Consul, Arne Schreiber residing at Papauta is the contact person here in Samoa.
According to Dr. Gerhard, so far the project is running very well.
The material that has been sent over the internet is very well prepared and the overseas Pathologists, who are connected to the Internet System and who are giving their expertise as well on a voluntary base, are very impressed. The Tele Pathology makes it possible to get a diagnosis on tissue samples in about five days, compare to three and more month if the tissue sample is been sent to an overseas Lab.
Because the participation of this Tele Pathology System is without charge the N.H.S is saving about half a million tala every year.
This time Dr. Gerhard plans to see more from the South Pacific region.
He would like to include short visits of nearby islands during his time in Samoa.