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Kenya Cardiac Society Symposium

In conjunction with Novatis Pharms, the Kenya Cardiac Society recently held a two day symposium at Bomas Inn, Eldoret. The meeting took place on 24th and 25th February 2017.

The symposium was aimed at bringing together cardiovascular personnel to discuss hypertension and surgical and valvular disease. The two areas were arrived on as they constitute the two of the most prevalent cardiovascular issues today.

In addition following the Addis Ababa communique the society strives to place more emphasis on the role of surgery in this field.

The event was well attended and participants engaged in lively debate during the sessions.
Prof. Ogendo gave a talk on “Current challenges/initiatives to combat inaccessibility of cardiac surgery”. During the session he highlighted the challenged of setting up cardiovascular surgical services outside the main urban Centre of Nairobi.

Left to right: Dr. Koyo, Dr. M Owiti, Prof. Ogendo. Prof Wee and Dr. Ganda

Visit to JOOTRH by Prof. Peter Wee

Prof. Peter Weefrom Holland and a friend of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH), recently visited the institution. On his visit he was accompanied by a member of the hospital management board, Dr. Bonface Ganda
The purpose of the visit was to look into possible ways of improving the collaboration between him and JOOTRH on the side of renal services. During a tour of the hospital he visited the renal unit to inspect equipment he had previously assisted in procuring and also staff he had assisted in training.

The possibility of further training and equipment replacement for the hospital was discussed and it is hoped this will materialise.
Dr. Ganda agreed to further follow up the issue and also see that renal fistula sets are provided in theatres.

At the hospital he was received by Dr. Koyo the acting CEO, Dr. M. Owiti, renal physician and chairman, Department of Medical Physiology and Prof Ogendo, chairman Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology. 


Dr. Henry Nyawanda


Departure of Dr. Henry Nyawanda

Department regrets to announce the departure of Dr. Henry Nyawanda who left at the end of 2016.
Dr. Nyawanda was one of the founder members of the department and has taught ENT for the last three years. He will be missed by the department and we wish him well in his future endeavours.


Writting of post graduate curriculum completed.

The department is pleased to announce the completion of a proposed postgraduate programme for general surgery. This document followed a needs assessment review and the chairman wishes to thank all members of the department who contributed to the completion of this document.

The document has since been submitted to the School of Graduate studies for onward transmission to senate
It is hope by the 2017/2018 academic year we should be in a position to admit our first graduates. We hope this will be an incentive for our graduates to come back to their mother university for postgraduate training.

The focus of the programme is to train competent surgeons capable of working in the Kenyan environment and beyond.
The department will in the intermediate future consider developing orthopaedic and anaesthetic programmes.


Joint Surgical Society of Kenya, COSECSA Conference 

From December 7th to 9th 2016 the Surgical Society of Kenya in conjunction with the College of surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa, COSECSA,held a joint annual meeting at PrideInn, Mombasa. The meeting was attended by very many international surgeons and was a rich forum for academic exchange.

COSECSA council

Prof. D. Magee receiving honorary degree from COSECSA President, Prof M. Dibrew

Honorary degrees were awarded to fellows who have made significant contributions to surgery within the region. In this regard special mention is made of Prof. Declan McGee. Former president of theRoyal College of Surgeons in Ireland, who through his College has played an important role in advancing surgery in the COMESA region.

From the department of surgery Prof Ogendo and Dr. Bitta attended the conference.During the same meeting, Sudan was formally accepted into the College as its most recent member. This bringings the membership of COSECSA to eleven counters.

Cairo Rheumatic Heart Disease Conference

The Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCA) in collaboration with the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation and the Aswan Heart Centre organised a Rheumatic Heart Disease Conference in Cairo between the 13 and 16th January 2017. The theme of the meeting was “From molecules to the Global Community”.
Rheumatic hear Disease (RHD), is the most commonly acquired heart disease, is preventable and affects32 million people worldwide. Of these up to 275,000 end up dying annually.
In view of the seriousness of the problem in Africa the meeting was attended by world renowned surgeons and cardiologists. Amongst the prominent surgeons were
Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub and Professor Alain Carpentier.

Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub (left) and Professor Alain Carpentier (right).

The meeting discussed a wide range of issues related to secondary prevention programmes, genetic and geographic determinants of RHD, cardiac surgery, RHD vaccine development amongst other topics.
Also at the meeting a review was made of the progress of the AU Communiqué on RDH. The aim of the communique is to lobby all states in Africa towards eradication of rheumatic fever and RHD on the African continent.
Key action areas identified included;
1. Need for stronger engagement from governments,
2. More health worker training,
3. More stable supply chains for Benzathine Penicillin G in settings where shortages occur, as well as concerns about BPG quality,
4. Better communications and advocacy to policy makers and people living with RHD.
Prof Stephen Ogendo attended the meeting on the invitation of the organisers.