Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) Cardiology Department held a session with patients on Rheumatic Heart Disease Management.
The day-long meeting held on 4th July 2018 at Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre (CCCDC) culminated in formation of a support group for Patients with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) to facilitate follow-up at MTRH.At least 50 patients living with the condition attended the meeting.
RHD is an acquired heart vulvular condition resulting from complications of a sore throat caused by streptococcus bacterial species. This can be controlled if detected early, among children, and appropriate diagnosis made followed by prescribed treatment. Penicillin Propylaxis is administered for those already affected to prevent further valve damage.
While addressing the meeting, Head of Cardiology Department at MTRH, Dr. Felix Barasa urged the participants to work closely with multi-disciplinary team comprising Cardiologists, Physicians and Nurses to eradicate RHD. This, he added, will help in early case finding and appropriate referral of all children with sore throat.
Dr. Constantine Akwanalo, a Cardiologist at MTRH, Esther Ngesa, Dillys Kemunto and Matilda Cherono working in Cardiology Department, have championed the establishment of RHD Support Group.RHD Clinics will run at the CCCDC every Thursday from 8am to 1pm.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTRH, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, stated that the Hospital will remain focused in tackling Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) among other Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
He pledged to continue supporting Cardiology by equipping the Department with state-of-the art equipment and staff capacity development.MTRH is planning to carry out the first open heart surgery, later in the year.