JOORTH Towards Zero Sickle Cell Cases

JOORTH Towards Zero Sickle Cell Cases

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOORTH), locally known as Russia, is pushing for a comprehensive approach to eradicate sickle cell disease including couple testing for sickle cell before marriage.

This move intends to address the long-term commitment to eradicate sickle cell disease hereditary or genetic disorders which affect many people in the western part of Kenya.

Noting that Kisumu is among counties with a high cancer burden, Prof Nyong’o said he has spearheaded the establishment of comprehensive cancer and blood disorder centre at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The centre, to be completed in the next two to three years, will offer radiotherapy and chemotherapy and treat blood disorders like sickle cell anaemia.

Upon completion, the centre will run a daily sickle cell clinic and is expected to provide therapeutic apheresis in which defective red blood cells are removed and replaced. It will be equipped and staffed to offer bone marrow transplant services, which will be useful for most haemato-oncological conditions.

Through this partnership, JOOTRH will train doctors who are seeking to specialize in sickle cell management and born marrow transplants. Comprehensive clinical care programs have reduced premature childhood deaths related to sickle cell disease by 70% in the USA

Unfortunately, sickle cell disease mortality in adults has not decreased in the last 30 years because of acute and chronic end-organ damage. High disease prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa positions this region to take a lead on comprehensive sickle cell disease globally.

This comes as the hospital introduces new uniform for nurses attached to the renal unit, improved services and outlook at JOOTRH after an audit through a consultancy to improve service delivery was undertaken.