- Access to quality, affordable, specialized healthcare in Kenya has been a major pain point for most patients who have to travel to countries such as Egypt and India
- People with complex blood disorders can now get bone marrow transplant surgeries from The Nairobi West Hospital
- The hospital carried out its first procedure today, and the patient is now in recovery set to be discharged in two weeks’ time
Kenya has just had its first Bone Marrow Transplant treatment. The surgery was conducted at the Nairobi West Hospital today, October 18.
Doctors at the press conference. Photo: Nairobi West Hospital.
patient in recovery
According to the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Prof Andrew Kanyi, the procedure was successfully performed on a patient who is now in recovery and is set to be discharged after two weeks.
“Nairobi West is the first ever institution to start bone marrow transplant. We have successfully done a procedure, and the patient is recuperating well.” Kanyi said in a press release.
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Access to quality, affordable, specialized healthcare in Kenya has been a major pain point for most patients who have to travel to countries such as Egypt and India for advanced medical procedures like a bone marrow transplant.
Cure for patients with blood disorders
An effective bone marrow transplant unit backed by world-leading specialists could make Kenya a medical tourism destination.
“The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is an integral part of The Nairobi West Hospital, one of Kenya’s leading Level 6B multidisciplinary hospitals. The hospital aims to provide easy access to bone marrow transplants as a possible cure for patients with complex blood disorders,” he said.”Our dedicated and internationally recognized transplant specialists embrace the values of innovation, collaboration, confidentiality, empathy, integrity, and focus on providing comprehensive care to all patients. This is also an aim to be the leading BMT unit not only in East Africa, but across Africa,” he added.
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BMT is a special therapy that has been used successfully to treat diseases such as blood cancer (leukemia), lymphomas, aplastic anaemia, immune deficiency disorders, and some solid tumor cancers since 1963.
Bone marrow transplant in India
In April, the family of young Hudheifa was on a spirited campaign to raise money for a bone marrow transplant in India.
The boy was suffering from Leukemia, a condition he had been battling for three years and the family required KSh 3 million for the procedure.
The little boy had short-lived relief when he completed his course of treatment and they thought he was cancer-free but it reared it’s head again.
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