This morning, Sagam Community Hospital officially launched the ESM-STK initiative, increasing the level of heart attack care the region can provide. Nurses, Clinical Officers, Community Health Workers and the MGH team gathered outside the hospital to celebrate with singing, dancing, face painting and baked goods. We are all very excited about this launch and feel empowered to now be better able to treat heart attack patients.
Sagam Community Hospital now has Streptokinase, a drug to treat heart attacks, electrocardiogram machines to diagnose heart attacks and trained clinicians and nurses who are prepared to take care of these patients. Sagam Community Hospital is the only facility in western Kenya that has Streptokinase to treat patients having a heart attack. Streptokinase is a life-saving drug that can greatly increase a patient’s chance of survival and improve a patient’s quality of life after having a heart attack.
A heart attack occurs when part of the heart dies because it’s not getting enough blood. Some signs and symptoms include chest pain/discomfort, difficulty breathing, shoulder/arm/back discomfort, jaw discomfort, sweating, and fatigue. People over forty years old, Diabetics, smokers and those who are overweight may be at higher risk for developing a heart attack. Know the warning signs and spread the word in your community!
Every Second Matters-STK. If you or someone you know may be having a heart attack, come to Sagam Community Hospital IMMEDIATELY!