Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret has successfully done 73 kidney transplants since the Kidney Transplant Centre of Excellence was established in 2006.
The hospital CEO Dr. Wilson Aruasa said the facility made it their mandate to build a program to transform the lives of patients requiring kidney transplantation in the country since inception of the centre.
The 73 kidney patients who received new kidneys from donors are now leading normal lives, according to the CEO.
The remarkable success is attributed to the leadership of MTRH and a Multi-Disciplinary team of specialized medics who have been on the frontline in making MTRH the leading Multi-Specialty Hospital for Healthcare, Training and Research in Africa.
The team of Nephrologists, Urology Surgeons, Nurses, Psychological Counselors and Nutritionists has made the hospital achieve this milestone.
Dr. Aruasa said Kidney Transplantation was now part of the hospital’s routine surgeries, adding the institution will continue to offer mentorship in Human Resources for Health (HRH), Pharmaceutical products and Management as well as Financial Management of health institutions and systems to 23 Counties in Western Kenya and the country at large.
The hospital has continued to focus on improving service delivery through its high-end theatres, wards and machines including cardiac monitors, infusion pumps and specialized drugs which are available in the hospital, particularly for Post-Transplant Care.
“Post-Transplant drugs are key given their critical role in helping a patient to accept or retain the transplanted Kidney,” added the CEO.
The health facility’s Dialysis Centre also offers dialysis services to patients, as a preparation service offered until the patient is ready for the Transplant.
Patients and their relations or potential donors then execute financing of drugs, requisite preparatory tests ahead of the Kidney Transplantation.
According to Dr. Philip Cheptinga, Head of Nephrology Department, the programme has been successful due to the investment the hospital management and the board has put in Staff Capacity Development that has enabled quality of services to be offered across the hospital.
By Kiptanui Cherono