Hospital celebrates Mental Health Day

The World Mental Health Day was marked on 12th October 2018 under the theme: "Youth and Mental Health in a changing world.”

MTRH celebrated this year's WMHD starting with a walk from Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Disease Centre, through Eldoret town and around the Hospital creating awareness amongst the public.

The Director of Mental Health Mrs. Jane Kariuki represented MTRH CEO Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa at the event held at Memorial Grounds.

The outpatient section of the mental health Department at MTRH gives access to everyone, including prisoners, and also helps extreme victims of drug abuse. On the other end, the rehabilitation unit educates nurses and clinical officers besides supporting the primary mental health unit.

While focusing on prevention, it is equally important to consider risk and protective factors. A lot of effort should be directed towards fighting stigmatization.

“As we mark this day, the work the entire workforce of MTRH has put in, cannot go unappreciated. The Hospital offers services of the highest quality,” Mrs. Jane Kariuki said.

“The World Mental Health Day is marked so as to increase awareness and reduce the rampant social stigma in the country,” she added.

“Depression and suicide are the most common causes of death among the youth. Prevention of mental health, in a broad sense, includes teaching, training and medication,” she concluded.

Hospital marks World Thrombosis Day

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) marked the World Thrombosis Day on October 12, 2018 with a walk from Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Disease Centre to Eldoret town and around the Hospital in support of the day and for creating awareness amongst members of the public. 

The day is aimed at raising  awareness about thrombosis – the underlying cause of the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (VTE). 

VTE is a condition in which blood clots (most often) in the deep veins of the leg (known as deep vein thrombosis, DVT) and can travel in the circulation and lodge in the lungs (known as pulmonary embolism, PE). VTE is a life-threatening but often preventable condition that affects millions of people worldwide. 

Observed on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day is an annual event led by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) and carried out by hundreds of organizations holding more than 9,000 events worldwide. Now in its fifth year, World Thrombosis Day’s focus is Know Thrombosis, which encourages the general public, healthcare professionals, and key decision makers to know the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of the condition. 

Hospitalization is a top risk factor for VTE, with up to 60 percent of all VTEs occurring during or after hospitalization. VTE is the leading preventable cause of hospital death.

MTRH has one of the few formal anticoagulation clinics in Kenya, with over 3,200 ever enrolled patients, 58% of whom have been or are being treated for VTE.

MTRH observes World Sight Day

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year's WSD was on 11th October,2018 under the theme " Eye Care Everywhere". 

MTRH celebrated this year's WSD starting with a walk from Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Disease Centre, through Eldoret town and around the Hospital creating awareness amongst members of the public.

It has been established that many people go blind because of preventable causes. Vision 2020 which was formed in 1999 by WHO (ophthalmology) aims at ensuring people do not go blind due to preventable or treatable conditions. 

Some of the ways in which Vision 2020 is achieving it's objectives is by;

•Training more ophthamologists

•Increase cataract surgeons

•Empowerement of Clinical Officers and Nurses.

Hospital CEO Urges Full Implementation of UHC

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital CEO Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa has requested the Senate Committee on Health to assist Counties in speedy implementation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to aid the Hospital from operating in a constrained environment. 

He said that MTRH faces some challenges as a result of congestion and overcrowding from referrals. 

Dr. Aruasa was speaking during the inaugural sitting of Senate's Committee on Health at the Moi University, College of Health Sciences Boardroom on 25th September, 2018.

The CEO said the congestion is by virtue that many clients prefer and trust MTRH because of the quality services offered and requested the Government to support the Hospital and Counties in order to serve the people well.

"We are getting a lot of referrals because many clients trust our services. I therefore urge the government through the Senate Committee on Health to support us,". He said.He further requested the Government to fully help the Hospital get sufficient development grant.

"The government's development grant we are getting is too small to sustain our projects and I therefore ask the government to fund us fully. "MTRH Board Chair Godana Doyo requested the Senate Committee on Health to support improvement of County Health Facilities to bring health services closer to the citizens and decongest MTRH.

Sessional Chair, Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator, Onesmus Kipchumba Murkomen, said that there have been huge challenges after transition period in health after inception of devolution.

Murkomen said that the Senate will champion for health course to be implemented fully.He further assured that the House will help counties have strong footing in order to ease referrals at MTRH.

Devolution Committee Chair in the Senate, John Kinyua commended the Hospital for diligent services offered and assured that the entire house will support the Hospital's request for additional funding.

Present were Senators Kipchumba Murkomen, Prof. Sam Ongeri, Amos Wako, Mutula Kilonzo Jr, John Kinyua, Petronila Were, Prof. Margaret Kamar, Naomi Shiyonga, Isaac Mwaura,  Kiprotich Cherargei, Mohammed Mahammud and Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, Beatice Elachi.

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