Tanzania: Chinese Firm to Build Hospital Equipment Factory

Tanzanias Chinese Firm to Build Hospital Equipment Factory

Neusoft Medical Systems Company Ltd from China has been offered a project by the government of Tanzania to construct a medical equipment manufacturing factory.

The anticipated factory will be capable to manufacture and design a wide range of medical products that monitor, diagnose and treat diseases and conditions that affect humans.

Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children on September 18, signed the contract with the Chinese company on behalf of the government.

“The Chinese company will build a medical equipment manufacturing facility here that will be capable to manufacture medical equipment such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), X-ray machines etc,” he said.

He further said the factory would be the largest in Africa which and would also offer training to local medical specialists on how to use the equipment.

Dr Ulisubisya expressed his optimism that the move will benefit the country in terms of the new technology that the Chinese company will bring in.
“The medical equipment will be manufactured here and we will be able to buy the equipment directly from them at a lower price,” he said.

“It will help in improving healthcare environments in our hospitals hence people will be able to access the latest technology.”

He thanked and assured the Chinese company of government’s support to facilitate the construction of the factory.

Tanzania: Bugando Medical Centre Launches Heart Fund

Tanzania: Bugando Medical Centre Launches Heart Fund

An initiative has been launched by Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) dubbed the Heart Foundation Lake Zone Chapter, for seeking money to support training of cardiologists.

Complications of heart-related diseases are increasing in the Lake Zone with a few cardiologists at the main heart institute.

More than 700 people, who were screened for heart disease complications during a World Heart Day campaign were diagnosed with different heart complications.

BMC Director, Dr Abel Makubi said there are only one cardiothoracic surgeon and two cardiologists at BMC, which is the main heart institute for Lake Zone residents.

He added, “To support the government to improve the health sector the basket fund initiative was taken.”The fund will be used by the government to train health experts and provide medical equipment to hospitals in the country,” he said.

Prof William Mahalu, The head of cardiothoracic surgery at BMC, said they hoped that through the funds generated from the basket, they could also construct another heart institute in the Lake Zone to cater to the increasing number of heart patients.

Prof Mahalu explained that BMC began offering heart treatment services in 2007 and that so far, 352 patients had undergone open heart surgeries and 176 minor ones.

According to him, heart diseases were currently more of a lifestyle-oriented disease because people ate foods, which were high in calories and failing to do exercises.

He urged people who are in their forties to undergo regular screening tests for heart diseases.

Ms Glory Joseph, Cardiologist at BMC said: “More than 700 children aged between 0 and 15 years, who were screened for heart diseases at BMC this year, 300 were diagnosed with different heart defects that required major heart surgeries.”

Tanzania- Toshiba Medical Donate Viamo Ultrasound To Help With Surgeries

Tanzania- Toshiba Medical Donate Viamo Ultrasound To Help With Surgeries

Viamo portable ultrasound system was donated by Toshiba Medical to assist with the surgeries at Bugando Medical Centre, which serves about 13 million people.

These surgeries were carried out on children with anorectal malformations and Viamo was used to image their spinal cord and urinary tract. Training was given to local staff on how to perform exams on patients with similar abnormalities.

Dr Steven J. Kraus, division chief of fluoroscopy and staff pediatric radiologist in the department of radiology at Cincinnati Children’s, said: “We look forward to this mission in Tanzania so that we can educate and provide necessary resources in an underserved community,“.

He added that technology like the Viamo ultrasound is more difficult to come by in those regions. That makes it a challenge to perform routine imaging for anorectal malformation, which occurs in one in 5,000 live births.

In February 2010 Toshiba Medical received FDA clearance for the Viamo ultrasound. It was designed with advanced radiology capabilities that were previously unavailable on portable ultrasound systems.

This marks Cincinnati Children’s second annual mission to Tanzania — the last mission was carried out in May 2016. Next month, it will be completing its third mission to the East African country using the Viamo ultrasound.

For this mission, Cincinnati Children’s also partnered with the nonprofit organization Mending Kids, which provides surgical care to children around the world. Through the organization, thousands of children have received corrective surgeries for congenital heart defects, orthopaedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, colorectal anomalies and significant cranial facial deformities.

Anesthesia Training Camp To Be Held In Tanzania

Anesthesia Training Camp To Be Held In Tanzania

Anesthesia experts from East African countries will be meeting at the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) in Tanzania to undergo a four-day training on Managing Emergencies in Pediatric Anesthesia (MEPA).This is the first time MOI is hosting the training.

He said the training will help Tanzania anaesthesia experts to operate children with different medical problems.

”It’s an honour to be part of an event which is one of its kind and has never taken place in East Africa before while also taking into consideration that a majority of the training was being conducted in Sub Saharan countries,” he said.

Mpoki Ulisubisya, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary said the training will train a lot of anaesthesia doctors and equip them with modern ways to operate children who are involved in an accident.

Ms Rosemary Mukunzi an Anesthesia expert from Rwanda urged African leaders to invest in anaesthesia experts and surgeons because the only way to achieve millennium development goals was to invest in doctors.

The training was led by experts from the University of Kwazulu Nata in collaboration with South of Anesthesiologists of Tanzania.

Dubai To Entice Medical Tourists From East Africa, China And Russia

Dubai To Entice Medical Tourists From East Africa, China And Russia

Dubai aims to attract Chinese, Russian, Ethiopian, Kenyan and Tanzanian medical tourists.

A team of the Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Medical Tourism Council is working with an international patient’s team and doctors from the Canadian Specialist Hospital on strategies to attract more patients into the city.

The International Medical Travel Journal reported that the Canadian Specialist Hospital in Dubai has an international patient centre and has been promoting medical tourism since 2006,

Hospitals, clinics, and medical tourism organisations have been requested to work better with the hospitality, tourism, and aviation industries globally and locally, particularly with international and local travel agents, hotels, and passenger airlines.

It was reported that in June 2016 medical tourism in Dubai yielded revenues of around AED1.42 billion (US $390 million) in 2016, up from AED1.40 billion in 2015.

10 New Entry Points For Imported Medical Products

10 New Entry Points For Imported Medical Products

The government is introducing 10 more entry ports through which medicine and other medical products can be imported.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has said they include Moyale, Kisumu International Airport, and Mandera.

The other new points of entry are Taveta, Nadapal, Lokichogio, Liboi, Wilson Airport, the Moi International Airport, Mombasa, and the General Post Office, Mombasa.

Only through the designated points of entry that the medical products imported can enter the country, where PPB officers and other border control agencies, are deployed to inspect and authorise imports and exports, PPD Director of Inspection, enforcement and surveillance, Dr Jacinta Wasike, said.

They are the Kilindini Port, Lunga Lunga, Namanga, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, ICD Embakasi, ICD Pepe Athi River, EMS City Square, Isebania, Busia, Malaba and the Eldoret International Airport.

Wasike said PPB is training more officers on emerging trends in pharmaceutical crime and how to enforce the Pharmacy and Poisons Act.

Dr. Daniel Gwan-Nulla to discuss mission work in Africa

Dr. Daniel Gwan-Nulla to discuss mission work in Africa

Dr Daniel Gwan-Nulla will be giving a free presentation about his medical mission work in Africa on Oct. 22, at Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center classrooms.

He will share the challenges and joys of teaching and performing surgery in African mission hospitals. The presentation is open to the public and free of charge.

He is not only a gifted surgeon and philanthropist but also a brilliant speaker. His videos on cutting-edge surgical procedures have received national recognition.

He is board certified in both general surgery and thoracic surgery and performs most major and minor surgical procedures.

Dr Gwan-Nulla is a specialist in the surgical treatment of oesophagal reflux disease, oesophagal cancer, lung cancer, and other diseases of the chest.

Dr Gwan¬-Nulla also performs many vascular (blood vessel) procedures, including carotid surgery and bypass for blocked arteries. He has a particular interest in surgical access for dialysis, including peritoneal and hemodialysis.

He is currently accepting new patients and is available by physician referral for appointments at Haywood Regional Medical Center in the Outpatient Care Center in Clyde and in Sylva at Harris Regional Medical Center.

The Latter Days Saints Church Donates Medical Equipment To Benjamin Mkapa Hospital

The Latter Days Saints Church Donates Medical Equipment To Benjamin Mkapa Hospital

Benjamin Mkapa Hospital has received sight impairment equipment worth Sh300 million.

The Latter Days Saints (LDS) Church based in Mombasa, Kenya donated the equipment to the Hospital.

Jesse Hynsaker and Elder Jensen from England accompanied by their wives were present at the event

Mr Hynsaker who is an optician, after donating the medical equipment, said the equipment money was raised in their church without involving external sources.

He added that the decision was made to help the Tanzanian government’s effort to construct Dodoma state of the art hospital.

“I’m an optician as well and I have been practising the profession for a long time. I chose to become an optician to be in a better position of serving people with regards to eye problems,” he said.

Mr Keissy Shija, the hospitals acting director, besides thanking the donors, said the equipment would help them accommodate many patients from all parts of the country.

He said about 80 percent of the patients with visual impairment could escape the total loss of sight upon receiving better treatment with modern machines.

So far the hospital has received about 5,000 patients with severe visual impairment from Dodoma since the optic department was launched.

“These statistics show that a large number of people are suffering from visual impairment. So, the medical equipment helps us attend to a lot of patients with visual impairment,” he said.

Salome Kasanga, Director of Nursing said they were still in short of medical equipment at the hospital so they needed more support to enable them to meet their targets.

“Although we have enough experts at the optic department, there is a shortage in other departments and divisions,” she explained.

A 3-day Training On Oncology To be Conducted In Kenya

A 3-day Training On Oncology To be Conducted In Kenya

The 3-day training which is managed by the British Council in partnership with the London Royal College of Physicians will take the physicians through the essentials for early diagnosis of cancer, aspects of prevention, principles of treatment and the key aspects of holistic management.

8.2 million People die annually from cancer, an estimated 13% of all deaths worldwide according to WHO.

Despite all of the deaths caused by cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, the cancer burden is predicted to double by 2030.

The programme is part of EADB’s long-term plan to equip doctors in district hospitals across Kenya and East Africa with the skills to effectively and promptly diagnose cancer and neurological disorders and facilitate early interventions either at the point of contact or by referral for advanced medical care.

A mixed faculty who will be led by Professor Walter Mwanda, professor of haematology, University of Nairobi and Dr Ruth Board, Medical Oncologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will all be part of the 3-day program.

Vivienne Yeda hopes that the programme will lead to better health for the people of East Africa and ease the growing burden that non-communicable diseases put on the economies of East Africa

Up until now, 70 physicians have participated in the Oncology and Neurology Training and Fellowship programme across East Africa this year with another 150 scheduled to undergo the training before the end of the year.

Integrity Worldwide Raise $100K To Build Medical Clinic

Integrity Worldwide Raise $100K To Build Medical Clinic

Integrity Worldwide’s Run for Kenya has grown from raising a few thousand dollars for missions work in Africa to $100,000 in eight years.

The founders of Integrity are Averee Hicks and her husband Alan Hicks with the objective to provide clean water to villagers in Meto, Kenya.

“We planned to do it for one year and make a couple thousand of dollars. We are now on target to raise maybe $100,000,” Averee said.

“With this year’s proceeds we are hoping to have a part-time dentist, a part-time physician, a 24/7 nurse, an administrative person and a fully operational medical centre and dental clinic,” Averee said.

Among the sponsors were Dr Steven Bobo of Birmingham and his wife Caroline for this year’s race. The couples have travelled to Kenya on a mission trip four years ago with Integrity.

Caroline who is from Selma said that the Hicks were her mentors while growing up.

“When I was 18 Big Alan told me, ‘Caroline, someday you are going to Africa with us,’” Caroline said. “It was prophetic. We did end up going.”

The medals that the winners received were made by a woman in Meto.

Hicks said “They prayed for each person as they made them,”

Jejuan Mauldin lead the 5K race with a 19:46 pace while Tony Johnson won the 10K with a time of 39:21.