Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:58 pm Post subject: AGAKHAN HEALTH SERVICES
Aga Khan hospital erects ward to treat poor patients
By Correspondent Gadiosa Lamtey
Ailing low-income earners will soon be able to undergo treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam upon completion of a general ward next year.
Aga Khan Hospital chief executive officer Sulaiman Shahabudclin made the revelation in Dar es Salaam over the weekend during a charity art exhibition whose donation will be dedicated to the hospital`s patients` welfare programme.
``There will be some who will be required to pay a small amount while others will be entitled to free medical services,`` said the CEO.
According to the CEO, once implemented, the project will benefit 3000 patients.
Speaking at the function, Canadian High Commissioner Janet Siddal thanked AKHS for its endeavour to help needy patients.
``I call on you to increase your efforts in your pursuit because there are a lot of people in need of health services. Let other hospitals emulate the example,`` said the envoy.
AKHS Medical Director Dr Jaffer Dharsee said the programme would be sustainable, with its target being those who could otherwise not afford to pay.
``Our goal is to provide high, compassionate, ethical and cost-effective medical care through innovative health promotion programmes,`` said Dr Dharsee.
A number of portraits painted by internationally renowned artist Fahim Hamad were auctioned during the day where 12m/- was collected for the cause.
The auction was expected to raise USD 150,000.
Artist Fahim Hamad Alis first made an impression on the art scene about 16 years ago.
'CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER'
officially Opens DENTAL CLINIC
Coastweek - - DENTAL CHECK. Canadian High Commissioner
Ross Hynes [centre], has his teeth checked by the Dentist
In-Charge at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi Dr.
Sameer Yakub [left], after officially opening the Hospital's
new dental clinic. The president of Aga Khan University,
Nairobi Firoz Rasul [right], attended the function.
AT AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, NAIROBI
Coastweek - - .His Excellency, Ross Hynes, the Canadian High Commissioner, cut a ribbon to officially open the new dental clinic in the Doctors Plaza of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
He stated with satisfaction that donors in Canada had funded the fully computerized equipment, modern treatment chairs and furniture for the dental centre.
Thanking the donors, Asmita Gillani, the Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi said, we are grateful to our generous donors not just for their medical contribution in state of the art equipment, but their professional and expert guidance to make this dental clinic of the highest quality standards.
The High Commissioner was given a guided tour of the dental clinic by Dr. Sameer Yakub, the Team Leader.
He explained the use of the state of the art digital x-ray equipment and the intraoral cameras.
Dr. Yakub, said, “The digital process has reduced radiation exposure to one tenth of the dosage resulting from conventional technology.
“Digital x-ray results are immediate compared with the lapse of several minutes required by conventional methods.”
“Our intraoral cameras are equipped with a screen for the doctor and a separate viewing screen for the patient.
“This enables the doctor to give the patient a clear explanation of the procedure needed for his, or her problem and to illustrate the progress being made by the doctor.”
Talking about the dentistry for infants and young children, Dr. Yakub said, “The clinic has special equipment for such cases.
This is portable and can be easily taken to an operating theatre for carrying out specialised paediatric dentistry.”
Asked how the new dental clinic has benefitted patients, Dr. Yakub replied, “Our previous clinic had only two dental chairs and we now have four in a fully automated facility.
The expansion coupled with the installation of the latest equipment has enabled us to treat over 70 percent more patients each month in more comfortable and friendly surroundings.”
“In response to the needs of our patients for treatment outside normal office hours, the new dental clinic is open from Monday to Friday between 8.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. with doctors working in shifts.
“The clinic is also open on Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.”
He concluded, “Visiting a dentist causes concern for many people and we have tried to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
“It is a matter of great satisfaction to the dentists and nurses at the new clinic that our interaction with patients using our itraoral camera screens has given them a better understanding of the dental procedures needed by them.
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“This involvement has helped them to relax while we carry out our work.”
Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa Opens
Out Patient And Emergency Center
patients can now receive timely,
efficient and superior services
Coastweek - - This new facility the first of its kind in coast region is centrally air-conditioned and boosts an airy, comfortable ambience.
Apart from the physical environment the triaging of the patients has also been revisited with the patients now being received by clinical as opposed to administrative staff, this ensures that emergencies are quickly identified and fast tracked.
In the new doctor's rooms the patients can now expect to be visited by doctors and considering that the clinical support departments; Pharmacy and laboratory are within the same premises, the patients' waiting times have been reduced to an average 2hrs.
With increased doctors coverage patients at the outpatients department can now expect to receive timely, efficient and superior services.
Coastweek -- A resident of old town Fatma Arefune,
undergoing tests at the free health camp sponsored
and conducted by the Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa.
Providing free screening for medical diseases
Coastweek -- The Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa in conjunction with the Old Town Health Committee recently held a highly successful Medical Camp for the residents of Old Town at the Kaderbhuoy Clinic on Makadara Grounds.
The Hospital provided free screening for medical diseases.
The Aga Khan Hospital 's consultants in Cardiology (heart), Nephrology (kidneys), Paediatrics (children) as well as General Medicine were able to screen over 400 patients.
Laboratory tests and drugs were provided free to all the patients by the Aga Khan Hospital , Mombasa .
Other activities offered in the Medical Camp included talks on appropriate nutrition and on Breast Cancer Awareness.
Among the many conditions seen included High Blood pressure, Diabetes and Anaemia.
The Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa would like to express its gratitude to the Old Town Health Committee for the opportunity to serve, all the Volunteers for all their assistance during the Camp and Radio Salaam for their live coverage of the event.
As part of the Aga Khan Hospital 's culture and social responsibility, this is one of the many activities where the Hospital gives back to the community by supporting and participating in various camps.
An instructor in the department of family medicine at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dr Liwayway Hussein, briefs journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the free counselling and testing for diabetes to be held at Mlimani City on Saturday.
By Al-amani Mutarubukwa
The Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam is set to conduct a free medical checkups and counselling on diabetes at Mlimani City.
According to the Family Medicine Specialist at the hospital, Dr Liwayway Hussein, diabetes was nowadays affecting more people in the Least Developing Countries (LDC) than in the developed world.
"The rate of diabetic cases is now alarming, even people as young as 35 are presently facing the problem in the country, while just a few years the condition was only common amongst the aged," she said.
Dr Hussein said due to the change of lifestyles among the people, excessive consumption of take-away foods, spending a lot of time in cars or sitting in the office, one was likely to develop diabtetes.
She said many people especially in urban areas were not engaging themselves in physical exercises, a reason for many getting un-proportional weight to their height ratio.
Speaking to journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the Aga Khan Marketing Manager Eugenia Chanda said,"We have decided to take the clinic out closer to the people, because the majority of them do not have time to visit health centres for such checkups."
Ms Chanda said the exercise is expected to attract many people wishing to be screened and that after knowing their status, the patients would have the option to undergo treatment at any hospital. A similar clinic would be organised at Kivukoni for Kigamboni residents on September 4, this year.
The reason for choosing the area, Ms Chanda said, was to have people of all cadres screened as they continue with their daily businesses.
The marketing manager noted that those people who would not get the opportunity to attend the checkups at either of the two points, the hospital would organise a third free-diabetic checkup on the afternoon of September 7, this year.
Two months ago, the Aga Khan conducted a free medical clinic that attracted more than 200 patients with orthopaedic-related problems. They were all offered free treatment and
However, Dr Hussein stressed, people should always rush for a check-up once they detect symptoms of the disease, which include high blood pressure, persistent thirst, an unusual freequency urination, or history of relatives diagnosed with diabetes.
Coastweek -- Every year, during the month of October, the Breast Cancer Support Group (BCASG) of the Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa endeavors to organize activities that will create awareness and help towards the funding of Breast Cancer treatment for needy Coastal women.
This year is no exception and the following is the list of scheduled activities: Breast Cancer Awareness Walk - 3rd October.
Charity Pin Bowling at the Bollywood Bowling Lanes, Nyali 9th October.
Free Breast Exam Clinic at Mombasa Women’s Hall - 23rd and 24th October.
Survivor Day Function at Sarova Whitesands Hotel - 3rd November.
We are asking the business community, at large, to support our activities in any way possible through donations of money or supplies.
The 2 events at which we could most use your help are: The Awareness Walk and the Free Breast Exam Clinic.
During the Awareness Walk we would be grateful for water and juice boxes to be donated for those who participate.
It would also be extremely helpful if some bakeries could donate food items that can be distributed to the walkers upon finishing the walk.
At the Free Breast Exam Camp ladies have to que for several hours throughout the day in order to be examined by the doctors, so it would be wonderful if water and some small packets of snacks such as biscuits, crisps, peanuts, sweeties could be donated for distribution as they wait.
Thank you for supporting our efforts in emphasizing to our Coastal people the necessity of prevention, early detection, and treatment.
Join us in helping to protect the present and save the future.
Region’s largest heart and cancer centre to be ready next year
By DAGI KIMANI (email the author)
Posted Monday, October 26 2009 at 00:00
The construction of the region’s largest specialist heart and cancer centre at The Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi, is on schedule.
The centre will open on time in the second quarter of next year.
The heart and cancer centre will treat patients from the wider east African region, as well as central and southern Africa.
It will also serve as a teaching facility for the Aga Khan University Hospital.
The hospital, which already offers post-graduate training, will roll out its undergraduate programme in three years, in 2012.
Among the facilities at the three-storey centre will be a six-bed cardio-thoracic surgical intensive care unit and a similar number of coronary care units.
Institutions that are cooperating with the centre include Canada’s Alberta Heart Clinic, St Thomas and Guys Hospital, UK, the University of Liverpool and Rishospitalet, Norway.
“In addition to providing high quality tertiary cardiac and cancer care, the centre will be a platform for scientific research and post-graduate sub-speciality fellowship training,” said the university hospital in a statement.
Last week, the university hospital announced the appointment of Professor Nicholas Abinya — a respected cancer specialist — as head of cancer services at the centre.
This is part of recruitment efforts to launch the new centre.
Prof Abinya previously worked at Kenyatta National Hospital, the largest public facility in the region, and at the Royal London Hospital, UK.
Kenyatta is the only public hospital in Kenya with dedicated heart and cancer treatment facilities.
Coastweek -- Malindi patients seated in the waiting
room patiently for their turn for a check up.
a team of doctors and nurses conduct
free heart clinic as well as surgeries
Coastweek -- Paediatric Support Group is a voluntary group that works under the Aga Khan hospital, Mombasa .
PSG mainly focuses in children with congenital heart diseases and special needs, as overtime and through our heart clinics for the last 8 years we have come to realize the overwhelming number of children suffering from different heart conditions and also the need for support in special needs as well.
Since 2002 about 120 children have benefitted from surgeries and been given a new lease to life. Thanks to contributions from numerous donors all facilitated by the PSG.
Over the past 8 years with the help and support from the Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa as well as the Medical and Educational Aid to Kenya (MEAK), a team of doctors and nurses from Guys and Thomas Hospital and the Bristol Royal Hospital volunteer to come twice a year to conduct free heart clinic as well as surgeries.
An average of 100 children is assessed at each clinic, a number of which are then operated at the Kenyatta National Hospital , Nairobi . Children with complicated conditions are sent to Madras , India for treatment.
At present we have almost 70 children that require surgery. Parents are asked to contribute whatever they can towards the cost of the surgery while the rest is covered by the PSG, Mamujee Brothers Foundation, Medical Trust Fund of Rotary Club, Mombasa , Lions Club and individual donors.
During our recent heart clinic carried out at the Aga Khan Hospital , Mombasa on 18th October by Dr Rob Tulloh from Bristol Royal Hospital , UK , 46 children were assessed of which 40 require some form of intervention.
PSG will help facilitate their treatment either at Mater Hospital or Kenyatta National Hospital with the assistance and contin-uous, generous support from Mr. Mamujee of Mamujee Brother Foundation and the Medical Trust Fund of Rotary, Mombasa .
5 children benefitted from surgeries carried out at Kenyatta National Hospital during our clinic. We are hoping to have our next heart clinic in June 2010.
We are kindly requesting to the society and community at large for any assistance or support towards our noble cause. By supporting us we can definitely make a difference to the less fortunate children by giving them hope for a new and a better life.
Should you require any further information about PSG kindly contact the following: Chairperson: Tanuja Walli - +254722655016. Secretary: Nimisha Chandi - +254 733710267
Aga Khan Hospital, NHIF conduct free breast cancer screening
AUSTIN BEYADI, 7th November 2009 @ 11:40, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 236
NATIONAL Health Insurance Fund in collaboration with the Aga Khan Hospital today conducted a free breast cancer screening and awareness campaign in Dar es Salaam, amid reports that the spread of the disease had now reached an alarming stage.
Various studies have revealed a persistent high prevalence of breast cancer among Tanzania women, especially those breast feeding and those under 30 years of age.
The Aga Khan Hospital Medical Director, Dr Jaffer Dharsee, said that the campaign has been organized to encourage women to show up and have screening and training on breast cancer.
"We are going to conduct other campaigns in public areas and communities where awareness programmes are prepared and hope to reach to as many women as we can," he said.
He said that the campaign was expected to screen at least 500 women from Dar es Salaam and surrounding areas and that by today eight women had been diagnosed positive to breast cancer.
"In addition to awareness about early detection, access to a state-of-the-art treatment facility is critical to addressing very high breast cancer mortality rate in Tanzania but should also be accompanied by training of staff to carry out the detections," he said.
He said that doctors, health workers, breast cancer advocates and survivors are key to increasing Tanzanian people's confidence in surviving breast cancer when it is discovered early.
He said that after the screening campaign, it will be followed by training of mammography experts and the women them selves who will be told on how to conduct self investigations.
He said that the sooner that breast cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the chance of successful treatment.
Dr Dharsee said if women get in the habit of examining their breasts and be aware of how they change during the monthly cycle, they are likely to notice something abnormal quite early.
THE National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the Aga Khan Hospital have surpassed their free breast cancer and awareness campaign to women projection in Dar es Salaam City by 100 per cent.
Chief of Information and Communication of NHIF Rehani Athumani and the hospital’s Medical Treatment Director, Dr Jaffer Dharsee, said that they have already screened over 1000 women out of 500 earlier projected.
They told the 'Daily News' in different occasions that the two institutions conducted the screening exercise in three areas. The first exercise was held at Aga Khan Hospital on October 17, this year. The second one, the officials said, was held at Temeke District Hospital on October 24, and the third exercise was conducted at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital last Saturday.
In all places about 80 women were found with some complications. Mr Athuman said NHIF would foot all surgical breast clinic costs by 100 per cent, while Aga Khan Hospital has promised to pay for 10 patients.
The NHIF Director of Benefits Administration, Dr Frank Lekey, said that the Fund has allocated a total of 16.5bn/- in its budget to foot medical expenses for all deseases, including conducting operations for breast cancer cases.
He said they have organised a campaign to encourage women to show up for screening and to be trained on breast cancer. He said they intend to conduct other campaigns for other deseases early next year.
Various studies have shown that there was high prevalence of breast cancer among women in the country, especially those breast-feeding and those under 30 years of age.
Aga Khan Health Service Hold Training Course In Mombasa
Coastweek -- Seen [from left] front row: Dr. Ahmad Aboura (Syria), Greado M. Mwakio (Kenya), Ali S. Bwana (Kenya), Swalehh Atik (Kenya). Seen [from left] back row: Fatma Omar (Tanzania), Anne Muli (Uganda), Salama Thabit (Tanzania), Francesca Nzuve (Kenya), Dr. Dalal Alhamwy (Syria), Redempta Muendo (Kenya), Asmaa Husen (Syria), Martha Oguna (Kenya).
knowledge and skills required
to manage a health facility
Coastweek -- "The investment in human capacity is vital to achieve development goals set at constituent levels.
"CDF invests significant amount on hard infrastructures, but it is important to realize the need to invest in human resource to build their capacity who will be required to operate those institutions".
These were expressed by Mr. Ramadhan Bungale, Acting Regional Coordinator of Constituent Development Funds for Coast province while distributing the certificates and closing the 2-week short training course held in Mombasa and offered by the Community Health Department ( CHD ) of Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya .
He emphasized the need to integrate different sectors and progress towards the single goal of human development.
The objectives of this 100 hour course spread over 12 days was to let the participants understand the management and organization knowledge and skills required to manage a health facility at first contact level (level II and III).
The course is based on the book "managing a health facility" which is produced based on the experience of CHD in Kenya while strengthening and linking systems at level I, II and III.
Besides the Kenyan participants which included representatives from CDF committees, the course was also attended by 3 participants from Aga Khan Foundation, Syria , 2 participants from Aga Khan Foundation, Tanzania and one from Aga Khan University , Uganda .
Speaking on the occasion of closing and certificate distribution ceremony, the director of CHD , Dr. Amyn Lakhani appreciated the role of CDF in sponsoring participants for contribution towards social development.
Coastweek -- Generous donors: Aga Khan Council for Mombasa Honourary Secretary Zaher Bhanji seen [from left] receiving a cheque from Freight Forwarders Kenya Limited Operations Manager Michelle Hoareau, while Event Convenor Faiza Bhanji looks on. Meanwhile Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Coast Region General Manager Joseph Mathai is seen [right] handing over the cheque to the President of The Aga Khan Council For Mombasa, Madam Narmin Hanif Somji. Kanubhai Babla [not in this photo] was also one of the generous donors.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2009 AT THE
BUTTERFLY CENTRE, HALLER PARK
Coastweek -- Many of us have been affected directly or indirectly by cancer through our family and friends, and many of us would like to help in some way, but find it a daunting task. Can we actually make a difference? The answer is "Yes We Can !"
The Aga Khan Council for Mombasa , having realised this, is embarking on a charity walk to harness the support and generosity of well wishers and supporters of cancer patients in the war to beat cancer.
A Walk For Life is all about fighting cancer at the grassroots level.
It will do this by educating more and more men and women on early cancer detection, which can lead to treatment and a better chance of survival, and will also deliver timely financial assis-tance to cancer patients and sur-vivors who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment.
Both these programmes will be open to all members of the public regardless of colour, creed or belief.
This year, the two primary be-nefactors have been identified namely the Breast Cancer Aware-ness Support Group, and PACK , another volunteer group based at Coast General Hospital .
Other deserving organisations will also be identified.
Join us on Sunday, November 29, 2009 at the Butterfly Park ( Haller Park , Bamburi) for a pleasant five kilometre walk.
If you don't want to walk, just come and enjoy the day with family and friends.
Entrance is only 100/- per adult and children for free.
There will be numerous food and refreshment outlets at incredible prices.
Dance away to the sounds of Mr. G 10 or let your children enjoy the fun kids playground.
T-shirts, caps and bags celebrating the event will also be on sale to raise additional funds.
A Walk For Life is an event for everyone, young or old. Come and show your support and give generously - every shilling helps. Remember "Cancer is hard, walking isn't."
Can Individuals Really Make a Difference?
Wairimu is talking animatedly, but her penetrating dark eyes are welling up with tears as she recalls her anguish when receiving what she thought was a death sentence.
That day, two years ago, she had gone to a free breast-cancer screening clinic.
Wairimu was shocked when an innocuous pea-sized lump was found under her left armpit.
The doctor was sure the lump was cancerous.
At first, she felt angry, she cried, she was scared that she may die - her dreams of seeing her toddlers grow seem shattered.
At the doctors insistence, the operation was performed within weeks and after a short, intense treatment, she was declared cancer-free.
She was lucky, Wairimu says with a grateful smile, that her cancer had been caught early before it had spread.
One in nine women will have breast cancer during their lifetime. Statistics show that the incidence of cancers are increasing rapidly.
Often the late diagnosis and the lack of proper treatment allows this dreadful disease to claim a lot more lives than it should.
WHAT IS BEING DONE AND WHAT YOU CAN DO
The risk of developing many types of cancer can be reduced by practising healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and not smoking.
Also, the sooner a cancer is found and treatment begins, the better the chances are that the treatment will be successful.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Support Group (BCASG) is voluntary based group of ladies, some of whom are breast cancer survivors, working under the umbrella of the Aga Khan Hospital , Mombasa .
For the past three years the BCASG has organized free breast screening clinics assisted by doctors and medical personnel.
An average of between 800 and 1400 ladies as well as men are screened.
These clinics are held in conjunction with the Mombasa Women's Association who have provided space for such screenings.
This has now become an annual event.
To date BCASG has assisted in the diagnostics of over 900 women and the treatment (which includes any combination of mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy) of over 20 women.
Full treatment, utilizing all the above, can cost in the range of 500,000 Ksh per each individual.
It also holds an annual Survivor's Day in which we celebrate each year of life for women diagnosed with cancer of the breast.
This event has been hosted for the last three years by Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort.
The BCASG is appreciative and grateful for EACH donor, whether the donation is one of cash, service, gift items, or some other means of enabling us to fulfill its mandate.
PACK is a registered Charitable Trust based in Mombasa , Kenya , which raises money to provide life-saving chemotherapy drugs to children from low income families who suffer from the Burkitt's Lymphoma.
Burkitt's lymphoma is a cancer linked to the very low immunity of malaria ravaged children, particularly the under twelves, which allows the virus to change affected cells into a growing mass of cancer resulting in swellings that can also affect breathing and abdominal organ function in mandibular or abdominal cases. In orbital cases, the swellings can cause complete blindness.
Fortunately Burkitt's responds very rapidly to treatment.
If the disease is caught early and a patient completes the full two-year course of treatment, the disease is totally curable.
However the drugs are expensive and tragically children die needlessly because the parents can't afford the full treatment.
During treatment, PACK provides a two year supply of cancer drugs, pain relief drugs and antibiotics in cases of secondary infection and payment for a part-time counsellor.
Since 1999, through the generosity of its donors and hospital partner, Coast General District Hospital, Mombasa, PACK has delivered treatment and care for in excess of 100 children diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma.
Coast General and PACK have also worked together to establish an isolation ward (Ward 10) at the hospital, funded and equipped entirely by PACK donations.
The work of the PACK committee is made possible through untiring efforts of volunteers who absorb the entire cost of administration which means that all donations go to the benefit of the children suffering from Burkitt's Lymphoma.
We hope that this very first A Walk For Life will be the launch of an annual event towards this and other deserving causes.
The organizers would like to thank all of you in advance for your generous support whether as a sponsor or donor and for your participation in this coming event, we look forward to seeing all of you at the Butterfly Park on Sunday, November 29, 2009 .
.Coastweek -- Honorary Secretary of The Aga Khan Council For Mombasa Zaher Bhanji, Operations Manager Freight Forwarders Kenya Limited Michelle Hoareau, Convenor of the Event Faiza Bhanji, General Manager, Diamond Trust Bank Kenya, Coast Region Joseph Mathai, President of The Aga Khan Council For Mombasa Narmin Hanif Somji, Diamond Trust Bank Kenya, Coast Region, Moi Avenue Branch Manager Amina Janmohamed and Assistant General Manager, Diamond Trust Bank Kenya, Coast Region Duriya Anjary.
OFFICIAL OPENing of STATE-OF-THE-ART
PHYSIOTHERAPY AND RENAL CENTERS
Coastweek -- The Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa officially opened its state-of-the-art Physiotherapy and Renal Centers. The Aga Khan Health Services Kenya Board Member Mrs. Narmin Hanif Somji is seen cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Physiotherapy Center with the help of the Board of Directors Chairman Moyez Alibhai. Looking on [from left] are Client Relations Officer Irene Katumo, the Medical Director Dr Majid Twahir, the Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa Chief Executive Officer Noorali Momin and Aga Khan Health Services Kenya Board Member Mahmud Visram.
By LUDOVICK KAZOKA, 15th May 2010 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 411
THE Agha Khan Hospital has acquired state-of-the art laboratory equipment for conducting specialized testing that will save time and money spent for sending samples abroad.
A Roche e411 worth 200m/- is a full automated immuno analyzer equipment which will help conduct testing such as cardiac markers, tumor markers, hepatitis B serological markers and therapeutic drug levels.
The Agha Khan Chief Executive Officer Mr Sulaiman Shahabuddin said the equipment would help strengthen health services, saying patients will receive results within a short time contrary to the past when they had to wait for two or more weeks.
''Given the capability of this equipment, sending high tech lab tests to external facilities will no longer happen. Overall we are confident this is a beneficial investment in laboratory services in Tanzania,'' said Mr Shahabuddin.
The Agha Khan Medical Director Dr Jaffer Dharsee said the equipment was reliable and fast, saying the machine is capable of processing 30 samples in a few minutes while the old one took one day .
The Registrar, Private Health Laboratories Board Ms Zaynab Mfaume hailed the hospital, saying the lab machine will help improve health services.
•To capture increasing population straining already existing facilities, the health centres are also set up in major towns
The scramble for provision of health among Nairobi’s 3.5 million people is forcing hospitals to venture into aggressive expansion — deep into the suburbs.
Hospitals, especially the major private ones, are opening satellite clinics both in residential areas and the city centre — two places where they are sure to find people at all times.
To capture the rapidly increasing urban population who strain already existing facilities, they are also looking beyond Nairobi, setting up clinics in other neighbouring towns.
One of the largest hospitals, the Aga Khan, has medical centres in Ongata Rongai, Kiambu and Naivasha, while the Karen Hospital also has branches in Nyeri and Nakuru.
Mr Moyez Jadavji, the chief operating officer at the Aga Khan University Hospital, explains: “We have a closer-to-home strategy.
“It’s all about convenience, good service and we are also giving opportunities to our graduates.”
In total, the Aga Khan hospital has seven medical centres in Nairobi and other towns, all established within the last five years.
And as the year was beginning, it opened its newest medical centre in Kitengela, having established others in Buru Buru, Ongata Rongai, city centre and Prestige Plaza.
These outpatient centres, according to Mr Jadavji, concentrate on basic health care, like treating colds and headache, and other simple procedures.
That way, the Aga Khan University Hospital manages to decongest their main hospital in Parklands while improving accessibility and giving their trainees opportunity to learn to work within communities.
In February, the Mater Hospital also opened a new clinic in Development House on Nairobi’s Moi Avenue.
The director of marketing at the hospital, Lawrence Muiga, concurs: “The principal reason is to get closer to the customers.”
He adds that the rising population and the urban lifestyle, which is getting busier by the day, have left hospitals with few options but to go to the people.
“People have become very busy, so they will not have to travel from one end of the city to another as they seek treatment.”
Because of that, just like the supermarkets and commercial banks, residential neighbourhoods and strategic points within the city centre are proving to be the next frontiers for expansion.
Another private whospital, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, has not been left out in the scramble for branches.
It has clinics in Donholm, Nairobi West, Lavington, Pangani, Komarock and Embakasi.
The Mater Hospital is also said to be eyeing the populous Eastlands area, where it intends to put up a clinic targeting estates like Buru Buru and Umoja.
The trend, which started less than five years ago, has also seen the Karen Hospital establish three satellite clinics in just over three years.
One is in the city centre, opened last year. Earlier, in 2008, it had opened one satellite clinic in Nyeri Town.
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