The Chief Executive Officer of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 released and handed over one of the Hospital’s longest attended patient, Mr. John Mwangi Chege to the International Vision Centre (IVC) Church-Eldoret. He was received by Bishop Joseph Likavo.
John, who lost his whole family in the 2008/09 post-election violence, was first admitted in April 2016 for lung-related complications and since then has been unable to leave the Hospital due to his dependence on supplemental oxygen – which is costly in the market.
Bishop Likavo, on receiving the patient who will continue his management through IVC homecare, expressed his gratitude to MTRH for the care that his congregant had been receiving during the long stay at the Hospital and for waiving part of the final bill – Ksh. 800,000. MTRH Board waives Ksh 30 million per month for patients who are unable to pay.
The CEO, in his speech, lauded the great team effort that took care of John given the special nature of his Hospital needs. He reiterated that there is a system approach in place, right from the Hospital to the Ministry of Health that made it possible for John to receive the highest attainable standard of care at MTRH through Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Dr. Aruasa highlighted that MTRH is committed to seeing one of the Big 4 Agenda of affordable healthcare is met by supporting the provision of specialized quality, accessible and affordable healthcare.
MTRH is working under CS, Ministry of Health in supporting H.E. The President and his Government to deliver on UHC.
The Hospital supported John in paying his National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) arrears which he had incurred during his Hospital stay. The Hospital ensured his medical cover was active so he could meet his medical needs.
Through the Medical Social Work Department, patients have been enrolled into NHIF upon admission to reduce on instances of catastrophic health costs which eventually lead to limited access of Hospital services due to poverty.
Dr. Aruasa added that MTRH in the last one year has been working closely with the County Governments to ensure the delivery of UHC by supporting the pilot Counties especially Kisumu County – being the closest.
MTRH has also been supporting primary healthcare in the 22 Counties spread over Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza Provinces in a bid to concentrate on preventive and promotive aspects of health. This is to ensure that most ailments are identified and interventions initiated before they become a health burden to the system.
The Hospital is also offering mentorship in Human Resources for Health (HRH), Pharmaceutical products and management as well as financial management of health institutions and systems to several other institutions and Counties in the Country. Additionally, it offers specialised training in critical care, nephrology and oncology nursing for the healthcare providers in the Country.
This week, the Hospital will be conducting ten (10) Open heart surgeries and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) camp. Other specialized care services currently being offered include Hemophilia Management while Kidney Transplant is now part of the Hospital’s routine surgeries.
Other than the doctors who treated Mr. John Chege, his treatment team included Peris Maritim – Nurse Manager, Irene Murey– Nurse In-charge Umoja Ward and bedside nurses Milkah Chepchieng and Beatrice Jemutai.
The CEO, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa personally bought the patient an oxygen concentrator which was not covered by the national insurer, NHIF.