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Integrating palliative care in Mwingi

Integrating palliative care in Mwingi

In order to strengthen the health systems in Kenya, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) has been advocating for the integration of palliative care services countrywide. As it stands, 25 out of 47 Counties in Kenya have access to these services. Believe me when I say, it is never over till it is over; as a result, KEHPCA works incredibly hard to ensure that these services are...

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The triumph journey of the palliative care unit at Kitui County Hospital.

The triumph journey of the palliative care unit at Kitui County Hospital.

“Working with patients in need of palliative care is fulfilling. We have met patients who had suicidal thoughts but through our intervention, their stories have changed; they now have the courage to move on with life.However, some of these patients die but we are happy because they do not die in pain,” that was the encouraging feedback given to us by Ruth Ndambuki, a palliative care nurse at...

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MORPHINE PRODUCTION SCALED UP IN KENYA

MORPHINE PRODUCTION SCALED UP IN KENYA

Opioid(s) is term well known to health experts. However, to those that lack any basic training in the medical field; opioid(s) is undeniably a jargon. In essence, these are medicines prescribed to a patient by a doctor to help ease pain. It goes without saying that morphine falls under this category of medicines because it is a very powerful painkiller. It is classified as a strong opioid and...

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Pain management program – a noble course

Pain management program – a noble course

It is with no doubt that pain is a feeling we all dread. It does not matter whether it is acute or chronic pain, the bottom-line is, we just don’t want to feel it. Let’s take a minute or two and talk about chronic pain. Did you know that this pain does not only affect patient’s body but also has psychological and emotional effects on patients? Yes it does. In most cases when this pain is...

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NHIF saves you a lot!!

NHIF saves you a lot!!

It is a sun-kissed morning and from where I am right now, I can feel the warmth. This is contrary to how I have been feeling these past few days; it has been chilly.Probably, the warmth reflects how today will turn out to be, I believe an epic day. I have attended day care session at Nairobi Hospice and as usual, nurses, care-givers, volunteers and people living with life-threatening diseases...

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