Madaraka Day at SCH was a special one with the launch of our second Laparoscopic Surgery Camp that was supported by the Kenya Society for Endoscopic Specialities Kenya Society for Endoscopic Specialities – KESESand Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). As a follow-up to the first camp held in September 2016, this camp not only provided much needed surgical intervention for the participating patients but also provided an opportunity for doctors and nurses at SCH and beyond to be exposed to laparoscopic surgery. We wish to to thank the KESES Executive Board Member, Dr. Francis Were, for spearheading the camp. We are proud to have hosted ob/gyn specialists, surgeons, nurses, residents and medical students from University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, PGH Nakuru, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, MP Shah Hospital, MGH, KESES, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Maseno University’s School of Medicine. The camp was supported by two CO anesthetists, Mr. Dan Kavole and Mr. Jackton Juma and our dedicated theatre staff led by Mr. Samwel Orondo and and Mr. Kashmir Owino, who were also assisted by the visiting nurses from PGH Nakuru, Ms. Veronicah Serem and Ms. Mary Wambui.
In addition, much appreciation to our clinical, theatre, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, accounting and sanitation staff for their hard work throughout the duration of the camp. Patients and physicians came from far and wide to access and be trained in laparoscopic surgery. We believe creating access to laparoscopic surgery in this area will greatly improve patient experiences by reducing patient postoperative pain and hospital stay. Like last year, the cases were operated on in one of our new theaters built with funding from the Kletjian Foundation and relied on theatre equipment donated by the GE Foundation @GE and the Center for Public Health and Development (both of whom also provided maintenance support for the equipment before the camp began). During the 3- day camp, 8 laparoscopic cases were performed successfully. We would also like to thank KMET (Kmet Kenya) for their logistical support for our participants on the first day and the MGH Global Health Fellows for their participation in the planning of the camp. In addition, much appreciation to Mr. Charles Awiti and Mr. Nyaga Morris of Covidien/Medtronics for provision of the necessary supplies, which also included a donation of several items. We also wish to thank Victoria Comfort Inn in Kisumu and OASIS Hotel in Luanda for hosting our participants. As you can see, this camp is only possible through robust collaborations and partnerships as well as our dedicated staff to provide this important health intervention for the women in our community and beyond. We are planning a third camp in the coming weeks and will keep our Facebook family updated as we finalize plans. This level of surgery is now functioning at Sagam and fully covered for those with NHIF cover. Please visit Sagam Community Hospital or call Juddy at 0721 348 777 for more information about how to access this service or participate in future camps and trainings #laparoscopy#laparoscopicsurgery #surgery #health #healthforall