MTRH Kidney Transplant Journey; a Success Story

When Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) established Kidney Transplant Centre of Excellence in 2006 by opening its doors to the first patient, it made it a philosophy to build a program that will transform lives of patients requiring Kidney Transplantation in the country.

To date, 73 patients (recipients) have received new Kidneys (from donors) and are now leading their normal lives.
To achieve this milestone, MTRH Leadership and a Multi-Disciplinary team comprising; Nephrologists, Urology Surgeons, Nurses, Psychological Counselors and Nutritionists have been on the frontline in keeping with the Hospital Vision of being the leading Multi-Specialty Hospital for Healthcare, Training and Research in Africa.
Renal Transplantation team is led by Dr. Philip Cheptinga. The members include: Dr. Peter Koech, Dr. Mathew Koech, Dr. Peter Maritim, Dr. Zachary Kazepoi, Dr. Mugalo Lumadede, Dr. Seno Saruni, Dr. Elisha Kirwa (Anesthesiology), Anthony Chesire (Nurse Manager), and all multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, biomedical technologists, pharmacists, laboratory technologists, health records, nutritionists, counsellors, finance, medical social development, housekeeping staff, catering staff, health administrative staff, corporate communication, and security staff.
“Our program is a success because MTRH Board and Management invests on Staff Capacity Development which is a crucial component in the quality of services offered across the Hospital,” said Dr. Philip Cheptinga, Head of Nephrology Department.
MTRH has consistently focused on improving service delivery across the entire spectrum of healthcare. This has been realized through the Hospital’s high-end theatres, wards and machines that include; 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 patient(s) to accept and/or retain the transplanted Kidney.
MTRH Dialysis Centre also offers dialysis services to many other patients, this being a preparation service offered until one 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.
MTRH CEO, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS, EBS, said Kidney Transplantation is now part of the Hospital’s routine surgeries and that the institution will continue offering 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 as a whole.
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