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US partners with Kilifi health ministry

25 November 2013, 14:43 Bob Ndwiga

Kilifi - The Kilifi medical and health departments will partner with local and international organisations to improve facilities and health service delivery to residents.

Health Cabinet Secretary in the County, Dr Swabar A. Omar, said such partnership would help equip personnel with up to date skills.

That way, the personnel will also be able to adopt the use modern and reliable equipment to reduce time wasted through use of old systems.

Her department, Dr. Omar said, had launched campaigns to identify all the equipment and personnel needed in the County’s health facilities before embarking on improvement efforts.

She said the survey covered all public and private health facilities noting that the two sectors could not work in isolation from each other.

Health facilities in the key areas such Malindi, Kilifi and Kaloleni, Dr. Omar admitted, were faced with huge deficits.

Dr. Omar was talking to the Press at the Star Hospital after she led a team of experts from the international US based Coppe Health Solutions in a tour to study health facilities across the County in a bid to identify areas in which they could assist.

Coppe is recognised internationally for developing and executing plans for the private and public sectors, and has established creative solutions customized for different governments.

 Dr. Omar said the County required more than 1,000 personnel in various departments of the health sector,  including experts and general middle level people such as clinical officers and nurses.

She said the US visitors who included experts from various sectors  were keen to understand the status of the health facilities in the County and identify areas in which they could intervene and improve.

Led by the President of Coppe Health Care Solutions (US), Dr. Burry Curry, the group expressed satisfaction at the way operations went on in the three health facilities they toured.

“They wanted to assess what our needs as a County in the health department are and we explained that our needs are more acute in the area of experts such as pathologists, neurologists, biologists, clinicians, and researchers,” said Dr. Omar.

She explained that the interaction was friendly and business like.

“We shared ideas widely and explained some of our weaknesses in equipment and personnel to them.”

The experts, she said, may eventually want to assist in the area of cancer treatment, adding that health facilities in the County lacked cancer treatment equipment and there was a chance to immediately start exchanging images and seeking immediate expert assistance from the US laboratories through a video link.

“In the sensitive and expensive cancer diagnostics, we explained that we have a challenge and the experts already feel they will come up with the necessary infrastructure which would help us view the biopsies in cancer patients and share images with them for examination in their laboratories,” said Dr. Omar.

The visitors, she said, also agreed to share expert guidance in the management of cancer patients when units for cancer treatment are eventually set up.

Dr. Omar said the team also expressed interest in supporting the county with modern oncology, neurosurgery and cardiology facilities and equip the personnel with the required skills.

Coppe  Healthcare Solutions aim to partner with health managers in various developing countries to ensure effective, efficient, and equitable systems of utilizing healthcare for every man, woman, and child to ensure that the society is productive and prosperous.

The organisation also ensures sustainable systems of healthcare delivery, superior communication capabilities between health facilities and clinics as well as between doctors, nurses and their patients.

As such, practitioners are able to make informed decisions about treatment options best suited for their patients no matter how close or far from a facility the patient may be situated.

The organisation takes multifaceted approach to promote, execute, and evaluate the evolution of such systems in government's cities, counties, or states  and reaches to millions of people worldwide.

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