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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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Palliative care is not a one man’s job

Palliative care is not a one man’s job

This week’s continuous medical education (CME) session administered by Dr. Asaph Kinyanjui, director of programs at Kenya Hospices and Palliative care association (KEHPCA) found us at Coptic Mission Hospital in Nairobi. The CME session, which usually plays a great role in the sensitization of the public and health care professionals, was one to introduce what palliative care is to the...

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Breaking the pain cycle

Breaking the pain cycle

For many years, only one company in the country has been allowed to import morphine and therefore resulting in its distribution being very restricted or better yet, have limited accessibility. Morphine, a true wonder remedy is an opiate type medication, generally found naturally in plants and animals and typically acts directly on the central nervous system to reduce pain. Its wonder medicine...

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The 10/80 Gap

The 10/80 Gap

“We are all aging and we may all need palliative care. Diseases are increasing and palliative care services should then be included in our health care services so as to have flourishing lives until the last moment of our lives.” This is the message Dr. Zipporah Ali, the Executive Director, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) conveyed to the health care professionals who...

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