MTRH Gets Arthroscopy Machine
Patients with sports related injuries will now access specialized treatment at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, (MTRH) Eldoret at an affordable cost.
The hospital has acquired a state of the art Arthroscopy machine at a cost of shs. 30M from Germany that surgeons can now use to treat shoulder, knee and wrist complications.
CEO Dr. Wilson Kipkirui Aruasa said sportsmen and women who sustain knee; shoulder and wrist injuries no longer need to spend huge sums of money travelling abroad in search of the specialised treatment.
“The treatment will not only be available for people with sports ailments but will also be to patients with chronic non sports injuries mostly misdiagnosed and taken to be arthritis”, said Dr. Aruasa while commissioning the machines at MTRH.
The machine, said Dr. Aruasa is used for arthroscopy as well as laparoscopy, which is dealing with abdomen ailments, removal of ovarian cyst, appendix and gallbladder.
“With the procurement of the arthroscopy machine, MTRH becomes the first public hospital to have a sports dedicated clinic dealing specifically with shoulder, wrist and knee complications,” said Dr. Aruasa adding that the machine uses the new keyhole surgery technology.
MTRH also becomes the first public hospital to have a theatre dedicated to arthroscopic surgeries, according to Dr. Aruasa.
“The advantage of this kind of surgery is that it uses a very small incision between 10mm and 15mm where a camera and operating instruments are inserted into the affected area without resorting to open surgery”, said the CEO.
“The clinics will be done on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and we wish to advise our athletes, footballers, rugby players and members of the community to visit the clinic for diagnosis if they have injuries related to the shoulder, knee and wrists,” advised Dr. Aruasa.
“Two specialists, Dr. Harsh Vadgama and Dr. Elijah Muteti will be the surgeons to use the new machine. Dr. Vadgama was trained in India and France while Dr. Muteti was trained in Australia,” said Dr. Aruasa.
He added that the target population are the young and youthful persons who have been neglected for a long time despite being the most susceptible to shoulder, wrist and knee injury because of their active stage, “they either sustain the injuries during sports, brawls while in play”.
He assured patients that the cost of carrying out the surgery will be a lot less than going abroad, “whereas those travelling out of the country will have to part with more than shs. 1m, we do the same surgery at MTRH at a maximum of sh 130,000. Those with national health Insurance fund, (NHIF) super cover will have their bill fully covered by the scheme”, he assured.
“I wish to advise Kenyans to enroll for NHIF cover because when they require simple surgery, it will only cost shs. 40,000 at MTRH while specialised surgeries such as kidney transplant and heart surgery will cost a maximum of shs. 500,000 which NHIF also pays fully with super cover”, said the CEO adding that MTRH will soon start doing heart surgery.
During the commissioning, Dominic Kiprono became the fisrt beneficiary when he had a nagging knee injury operated and a torn ligament repaired. Kiprono who played for harambee stars under18 national team sustained the injury while playing.
According to Dr. Vadgama, Kiprono’s injury was misdiagnosed for a long time, forcing him to even seek herbal medication due to frustrations, “but he will be working within the next one day after this operation with a new ligament in place. Within the next one month he will be back to playing football”, assured the arthroscopy specialist consultant.
Kiprono was to have the knee injury treated abroad at a cost of shs. 5m, but will now pay only Shs. 700,000 through NHIF.
While noting that Uasin Gishu and neighbouring counties had a lot of athletes, Dr. Aruasa called on athletes and other sports people to go for screening whenever they get any injuries, observing that many of them were living with chronic pains for lack of proper treatment.
By Kiptanui Cherono