Hospital to Put up Chronic Disease Centre
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in collaboration with the Indiana University in the United States will soon put up an ultramodern Chronic Disease Centre.
The Centre, valued at over Kshs.400 million, is expected to be complete in a years’ time.This was disclosed soon after the visit by Ms. Thabisile Moleah, the Country Programme Manager-Kenya of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy on March 30th, 2012.
Ms. Moleah flanked by Mr. Boniface Wanyama-Head of Nuclear Sciences at the National Council of Science and Technology (NCST) were at facility to assess the level of preparedness ahead of importing machines for Radiotherapy Unit to be installed at the Centre.
“We are pleased by the progress made by the Management of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital towards setting up a Radiotherapy Unit at the Chronic Disease Centre. Besides compliance, this institution is way ahead of their peers on this front,” said Moleah.
According to the Head of the Oncology Department at MTRH, Dr. Naftali Busakhala, this project will be a major boost for patients residing in Western Kenya, parts of Eastern Uganda and Southern Sudan. This, he added, will make it a fully-fledged Oncology Centre.
“The Hospital will acquire a Radiotherapy Machine (Cobalt 60) valued at over Kshs. 200 million including training and installation. I can attest to the fact that this is a very reliable machine,” he said.
This comes barely two months after the Oncology Department at MTRH in collaboration with the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) hosted a successful conference that was opened by the Minister for Medical Services, Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o.
Present at the meeting were; Director-MTRH, Dr. John Kibosia; Ag. Principal College of Health Sciences-Moi University, Prof. Simon Mining; Assistant Deputy Director Clinical Services, Dr. Wilson Aruasa and Dr. Fredrick Chite, a Co-Director of Hemato-Oncology Department.