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Maternal Health Series – Nutrition

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

Sagam Community Hospital is excited to announce that we will be starting a blog mini-series on maternal health, in partnership with AIHT and our current Ob-Gyn consultant, Dr. Jennifer Makin. We will be doing a series of educational posts to help ensure that the Sagam community can take all the necessary steps towards a positive pregnancy. This week, we are discussing Nutritional Interventions. Nutritional interventions cover dietary recommendations, lifestyle choices, and necessary supplements. For dietary interventions, the WHO recommends all mothers-to-be receive counseling on their diet as soon as they find out they are pregnant. It is important to discuss your diet with your clinician so they can get a good understanding of the nutrients you and your baby are getting. Maternal weight should be monitored throughout pregnancy. If you are within a normal weight range, Kenya Guidelines recommends gaining 12-15 kg in pregnancy. If you are underweight then an increased weight to 18 kg is recommended, and if you are overweight 7 kg is recommended.  Our clinicians at our OB clinic, held every Tuesday, are a great resource for learning more about what nutrients you and your baby need in order to keep you both as healthy as possible. Sometimes, based on your current diet, your clinician may suggest that you increase your protein or energy intake. Increases of these in your diet can benefit your baby in preventing a low birth weight and even the risk of stillborn death. Your clinician can provide you with suggestions of high-protein foods to add to your diet and can work with your available resources to make sure you and your baby have access to the correct nutrients. Recommended List of Locally available snacks (300 kCal) for Pregnant Women Snacks Fruit Chapati with oil (1) Orange (1 medium size) Mandazi (2) Guava (2 medium sizes) Sweet potato (1) Mango (1 small) Scone/bun (2) Papayas (⅕ medium size) Ugali (1 cup) Banana (3 small) Potatoes (3 pieces) Watermelon 2 small slices Porridge thick (2 cups) Berries 1 cup Arrow Root (2) medium size   Roasted Groundnuts 1 packet Roasted simsim Milk Fresh/Fermented Dietary recommendations are often based on how active your lifestyle...

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SCH Outreaches are back in action!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

Sagam Community Hospital was excited to complete the first community outreach of 2018! Last Wednesday, 17th of January,  staff members, clinicians, and volunteers of SCH had the opportunity to visit the community of Mguge and provide health services. This is our first community outreach working in affiliation with the Sagam chapter of Rotary Club International. We look forward to working closely with them and our other sponsor organizations, including Jhpiego, Mobile ODT, Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK), Astrazeneca, and Essilor. Members of the Mguge had the chance to utilize many of our free services, including family planning, cervical cancer screenings (using our MobileODT device), eye exams, and blood pressure screenings. Sixty patients total were treated during this community outreach, with 35 being seen directly by our clinician on site, Javan. For services, there were 48 blood pressure screens, with 20 referrals following, 8 family planning consultations, 9 distributions of Vitamin A, 3 distributions of ORS, 10 cervical cancer screenings, and 34 HIV screenings. In addition, our Community Health Workers, who serve as Essilor Vision Ambassadors, had eye glasses on sale for KES 650.   Thank you to our Sagam Community Hospital team, Rotary Club of Sagam (including Sammy for providing drinks to the SCH team), our partners , and the people of Mguge for having us! If you wish to participate or collaborate with us on future outreaches, please contact SCH at 0718646933 or

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Farewell to Fellows

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

This past Friday, we said goodbye to two of our consultants, Dr. Revathi Ravi and Dr. Oluwakemi Adegoke. Both are Global Health Innovation and Leadership fellows within Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights. Additionally, both are currently MPH candidates at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. We were so fortunate to have them work alongside our Sagam staff for the past two years, and they have both accomplished a tremendous amount throughout their time here. Dr. Oluwakemi Adegoke (“Dr. Kemi”) is an attending in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Here at Sagam Community Hospital, she served as our Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist. Dr. Kemi brought her passion for educating patients on reproductive health and family planning to improve the lives of those here in western Kenya. She ran our weekly OB-GYN outpatient clinic and served as a clinician at Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), a non-governmental organization closely affiliated with Sagam Community Hospital.   In addition to her impressive clinical work here at Sagam, Dr. Kemi also focused on research in Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH), and specifically the use of the Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT). Her commitment to serving patients in low-resource areas resulted in the improvement of the UBT program. Additionally, she is working on determining the facilitators and barriers that are involved in the larger uptake of the UBT device in other countries such as Tanzania. As a consultant, Dr. Kemi proved to be an excellent instructor for our staff, especially our interns and residents. We are a stronger team because of Dr. Kemi’s knowledge and commitment to improving Sagam Community Hospital. Now that she has completed her time as a consultant with us, Dr. Kemi will be heading to Boston, Massachusetts, to continue to pursue her MPH in Quantitative Methods at Harvard University. Our other departing consultant, Dr. Revathi Ravi, served as our medicine and pediatrics specialist at SCH. Dr. Ravi is passionate about strengthening global health systems, and that was clearly represented in her commitment to teaching our Clinical Officers, Interns, Residents, and Nurses. Dr. Ravi focused on improving our neonatal care by...

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December Ketamine Week Recap

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Recent News | 0 comments

This past week, Sagam Community Hospital completed another successful Ketamine Week, the first since the end of the country-wide healthcare strikes. SCH trained three new providers from Sagam, as well as four nurses and two doctors from Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. Throughout the week, nineteen procedures were done in total, to support the training of the providers. This included an emergency caesarian section on Monday, starting off the week on an exciting note! We were pleased to welcome visitors from CHMT on Wednesday including the Siaya County Director for Health, Dr. Samuel Omondi-Owino, the Siaya County Deputy Director for Health, Dr. Eunice Fwaya, and the Siaya County Reproductive Health Coordinator, Mr. Fredrick Obare. Pictured below with our Ketamine Week attendees from Prince Albert, Canada. On Friday, our final lunch and graduation ceremony was a cause for celebration. We are proud of all of our participants, and the connections that this week has allowed us to make from Canada to Kenya. Many thanks to our instructors, Javan Imbamba (SCH Ketamine Champion), Wenslaus Adenya (SCH Ketamine Champion), Juma Jaqtone (SCH Ketamine CO Anaesthetist), and Dr. Revathi Ravi (MGH Global Health Fellow). Our doctors, Dr. Amaganga, Dr. Kemi, and Dr. Nyamogo, and our consultants, Dr. Khama Rogo, Dr. Thomas Burke, and Dr. Orero.   We would also like to thank our hospital administrators, Debora Rogo and Juddy Mattis, as well as the theatre, pharmacy, accounts, nursing, and kitchen staff. In addition, many thanks to the MGH Coordinators, Joseph Owuor, and Phoebe Kelleher. This week would not have been possible without this wonderful team!...

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Recent News | 0 comments

The Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (KOGS) recently held a sensitization forum to discuss the Every Second Matters (ESM)- Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) and ESM-Ketamine innovation in Kisumu, Kenya. The African Institute for Health Transformation (AIHT) team in collaboration with the head of Reproductive and Maternal Health service Unite (RMHSU) Dr. Joel Gondi brought together 16 members of KOGS drawn from Kisumu, Bungoma, Kakamega, Garissa, Turkana, Homa Bay, Vihiga, Busia and Migori Counties. One main objective of the forum was to to discuss the best strategies to accelerate rollout, data collection, reporting, uptake, and scale-up of both the Uterine Balloon Tamponade and Ketamine innovations. The forum also focused on sensitizing KOGS members on maternal health lifesaving innovations. The forum began with introductions and welcoming remarks from Dr. Onyango, the Chairperson of KOGs Western Chapter, and followed with the first presentation by Dr. Joel Gondi. Dr. Gondi commended Obstetrician and Gynecologists for their efforts in making a difference in maternal and reproductive health service provision. He emphasized how to implement locally generated evidence based innovative techniques that offer local solutions to maternal and adolescent reproductive health challenges. He also emphasized the need for quality of care to be improved, and he acknowledged it is at the heart of all the best practices they are expected to implement. Dr. Gondi highlighted critical observation is where quality of care is compromised not as a result of scientific, but rather administrative systems failure especially where there is staff shortage or delay in offering services. Dr Gondi also wanted to know how far KOGS has been articulating and propagating some of the best practices such as UBT and Ketamine innovations in their practice. He emphasized the need for KOGS to shape direction of Maternal Health policies in Kenya. He invited KOGS to participate in the review of the Reproductive Health Policy that is ongoing, and he mentioned that this review would attempt to interpret and meet the constitutional requirement that Kenyan Citizens have a right to the highest standard of Reproductive Health in a devolved system of governance. Dr. Gondi concluded by highlighting resources and partnerships KOGS could use, provided by the Ministry of Health...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Recent News | 0 comments

Many people do not pay much attention to the eye although it is one of the most vital senses in the human body. Vision impairment and eye infections are on the rise due to some factors that can easily be prevented. Ask yourself this, how often do you see an ophthalmologist or rather…how many eye checkups have you been to?   Some eye conditions and diseases are hereditary and family members may need to be monitored regularly by a general physician and an ophthalmologist or optometrist. The most common eye problems are shortsightedness, foresightedness, colourblindness, blurred vision and general eye infections. Eye sight problems are on the rise mostly in children, teenagers and office workers due to frequent watching of television, use of smartphones and use of computers and laptops in the office.  NOTE; If a foreign body enters your eye e.g: when digging a sharp stone enters your eye, e glass accidentally enters your eye, do not rub it might just stir up the problem. In stead, close your eye, tie it with a bandage and rush to the nearest hospital. Visit Sagam Community Hospital for eye checkups every weekday from 8.00am....

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