Doctors from Canada, Japan, and Singapore, representing the Kibos International Health Foundation, recently concluded their mission in Kenya with a strong commitment to collaborate with Kisii and Trans Nzoia Counties to enhance healthcare service delivery.
Led by Ambrose Kibos, the CEO of the foundation, and supported by renowned cardiac surgeons Yuki Ichihara (Japan) and Teresa Kieser (Canada), their visit left a significant impact on the healthcare landscape of these regions.
The medical team initiated their journey in Kisii County, where they engaged in discussions with the management of Kisii University, led by Vice Chancellor Nathan Ogechi.
The focus of these talks was to explore potential collaborations in the field of cardiovascular diseases, highlighting the importance of academic and healthcare partnerships in addressing critical health challenges.
During their mission, the doctors also undertook humanitarian work at the Nyanchwa Mission Hospital, providing medical aid and insights into the dire need for improved medical equipment in healthcare facilities.
One of the most notable contributions of the Kibos Foundation during their visit was the donation of a portable high-resolution Echocardiogram machine to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.
This state-of-the-art equipment will significantly alleviate the suffering of patients with heart conditions, providing timely and accurate diagnoses.
Ambrose Kibos emphasized the foundation’s primary objective: to expand primary care outreach to underserved communities in Africa.
He stressed that this goal could only be realized through improved healthcare services and a well-trained, interconnected cardiovascular workforce, further emphasizing the need for a central cardiovascular simulation, training, and education center.
Kisii Governor Simba Arati, recognizing the wealth of experience brought by the Kibos International Health Foundation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the foundation, Kisii University, and Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.
“Our deliberations resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Kisii County through KTRH, the Kisii University and Kibos which will culminate into the establishment of a cardiovascular center at the hospital for training, teaching, treatment and research,” said Arati.
Professor Teresa Kieser, a cardiac surgeon from the University of Calgary, Canada, pointed out that cardiovascular diseases remain a significant global health concern, contributing to a considerable number of deaths across all demographics.
Her observations during the humanitarian mission highlighted the critical role of medical equipment in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating diseases effectively.
She emphasized that the availability of modern medical equipment was crucial for achieving universal health coverage.
“The reality is that medical equipment plays a significant role in improving the health system and in ensuring proper implementation of universal health coverage in any country,” said Prof Kaiser.
In parallel, Trans-Nzoia Governor George Natembeya hosted the visiting medical experts and expressed his commitment to collaborating with them to improve healthcare services in his region.
Governor Natembeya acknowledged the urgent need for advanced cardiovascular facilities, doctor training, capacity building, and awareness campaigns regarding the prevention of cardiovascular diseases in Trans Nzoia County.
“It is a matter of great concern that many patients in Trans Nzoia and its environs suffering from cardiovascular and cancer-related ailments have been seeking for specialized medical attention in India which is expensive and inconvenient,” he said.
His vision is to reduce the dependency on costly and inconvenient medical treatment abroad.
As the visit progressed, the medical experts conducted sensitization training on oncology and various cancer types using the latest technology at the Kijana Wamalwa Memorial Centre, formerly known as Kitale Referral Hospital.