Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) held a two-day Ostomy Care workshop on 28th and 29th June, 2018 at the Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre (CCCDC).
The training focused on anatomy and physiology of the digestive systems, types and classification of ostomies, pre and post operative preparation of patients before ostomies surgery, infection prevention and patient safety among others.
Deputy Director Nursing (Clinical Services) ,Margaret Mungai,who leads the Hospital's Ostomy team said they are keen on enhancing ostomy care at MTRH and in the surrounding community through ostomy care clinic, home visits and research.
"There are many patients undergoing ostomy surgeries in the country. However, lack of knowledge and experience for both patients and caregivers is a major challenge. This is further complicated by social stigma associated with stoma care in most Kenyan communities. "
MTRH Ostomy Team has established ostomy clinic at the CCCDC running every Monday from 8am- 1pm. The team is also initiating Ostomy Support Group which will allow ostomates to converge and offer each other emotional support and advise.
Over 100 staff drawn from County Hospitals, Private Healthcare facilities were trained.
They included; Medical Officers, Nurses, Registered Clinical Officers, Social Workers, Psychological Counsellors and Nutritionists.
MTRH CEO, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, said that the Hospital will continue supporting staff training and research efforts which will in turn translate into tangible benefits for health sector in Kenya.
Dr. Aruasa added that his administration is committed to improving on quality of service delivery at MTRH.