New facilities allow Aga Khan University Hospital to provide the best clinical care
Coastweek – – The Aga Khan University Hospital (Nairobi) has officially opened doors to the public to a new ultra modern Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory also known as a Cathlab and three state of the art operating theaters.
These facilities have been constructed at a cost of US$ 3.0 million (Kshs. 198 million) and are equipped with the most modern cathlab and surgery equipment available and built to the highest global safety standards for the best patient health care.
The scheduled opening of the new facilities is a step towards achieving the university hospital’s vision of becoming a premier tertiary teaching referral hospital for sub-Saharan Africa.
According the Chief Executive Officer of the University Hospital Ms. Asmita Gillani, both the cathlab and the operating theatres are a prelude to construction of brand new comprehensive Cardiac and Oncology service centers which will commence later this year.
“The new facilities will allow the Aga Khan University Hospital (Nairobi) to provide the best clinical care to our patients, a conducive environment for our staff and a learning milieu for our faculty and students,” said Ms. Gillani.
Explaining what Cardiac catheterization is, Ms, Gillani pointed out that it is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate coronary heart diseases.
“It involves inserting a catheter (a thin flexible tube) into the heart through a blood vessel in the arm or the leg.
This allows the health care experts to examine the blood flow in the heart’s chambers, and the arteries of the heart with an x-ray technique that provides immediate (“real-time”) visualization of the images on a screen,” she said.
As a result, patients will no longer need to go abroad for this service since it is now available locally and of the highest quality.
The Cathlab will be staffed by a multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologist, skilled nurses, technicians and other professionals who have been trained in the latest techniques and applications.
Ms. Gillani also announced that the Aga Khan University Hospital (Nairobi) would also be launching a brand new Nuclear Medicine Programme.
“Nuclear Medicine is a type of medical imaging that allows health care experts to diagnose cancers and related abnormalities such as thyroid, kidney and cardiac problems”, she explained adding that “technicians administer a radioactive tracer, which is very safe and which allows a full view of the internal functions of the body by a specialized camera.”