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Thika Level 5 Hospital management backs palliative care

Thika Level 5 Hospital management backs palliative care

Thika Level 5 Hospital management has asserted its support for palliative care integration in the day to day health care provision. Speaking to health care workers during a recent introduction to palliative care training at the hospital, the Medical Superintendent Dr Patrick Nyaga said he is amused that part of the hospital staff has passion for palliative care. Dr Nyaga said that if there is...

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Health Ministry and KEHPCA disseminate cancer and palliative care guidelines

Health Ministry and KEHPCA disseminate cancer and palliative care guidelines

The Ministry of Health (MoH) jointly with Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) on Friday disseminated guidelines for palliative care and cancer management in Kenya alongside other palliative care documents in Thika. During the dissemination exercise, MoH Head of Oncology Dr Izaq Odongo said that the guidelines would improve access to quality and safe cancer treatment. Dr Odongo...

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The journey of Kenyatta National Hospital Palliative Care Unit

The journey of Kenyatta National Hospital Palliative Care Unit

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is the largest referral hospital in Kenya handling major health care cases affecting the public at relatively affordable rates. Being a center of last hope for most patients with little financial ability, there was need to have a palliative care unit to take care of patients with life limiting illnesses. Dr Esther Munyoro is the pioneer of Kenyatta National...

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Pharmacists learn how to reconstitute morphine

Pharmacists learn how to reconstitute morphine

A three day palliative care training saw pharmacists attend a morphine reconstitution session at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). This comes at a time when this group of health care workers has been identified as core towards realization of holistic care of patients with life threatening illnesses. The team plays an important role within a hospital setup in ensuring patients receive the right...

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Kitui palliative care unit renovates

Kitui palliative care unit renovates

Following a Ministry of Health Circular issued in July 2012 requiring district (Level 4) hospitals to establish palliative care centers, Kitui District Hospital has lived to fulfill this requirement. Through its (hospital) Management, the hospital identified space for a Palliative Care Unit (PCU) and formed a palliative care team in October 2013. The team has since had two members undertake the...

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Pharmacists undergo three day palliative care training

Pharmacists undergo three day palliative care training

“During this training, we would like to know how to manage pain, the use & reconstitution of morphine as well as the options available for pharmacists from Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) for us to manage patients with life limiting illnesses well.” This is the summary of expectations from pharmacists attending a palliative care...

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