TANZANIA: Consultation Clinics Boost Country’s Health Sector

April 2015 DailyNews;  THE Tanzanian health sector has in recent years continued to receive a generous boost from the international community with an inflow of various experts from around the world hosting specialist consultation clinics.

Such exercises have been a welcome initiative because of the benefits gained by both patients and professionals. Specialist teams from Israel and the India-based Apollo hospitals have visited the country for consultation clinics.

The exercises have been carried out twice in the past month with specialised doctors from Bangalore, India. Having already held a consultation clinic for patients with kidney and neuro-surgical ailments, the Apollo Bangalore team returned to Tanzania to offer further consultation for cardiology and neurology patients.

The clinic which took place on March 25 and 26 at Medi Ed Clinic in Dar es Salaam was hosted by a Senior Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, Dr Girish Navasundi, and Senior Consultant and Head of Department, Brain and Spine Surgery, Dr Krishna Kambadoor.

It gave an opportunity for the public to get free screening on the disorders as well as allowing the doctors to follow up on some of their previously treated patients who may not be in a position to return to the Indian facilities for further checks.

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as heart, nervous systems and spine related ailments are currently increasing and responsible for the rise of mortality and mobility in Tanzania.

Speaking during a media briefing at a similar health consultation in the past month, the Vice-President of the Paediatric Association of Tanzania, Dr Namala Mkopi, disclosed problems of heart diseases in the community and specifically highlighting their impact to infants and children.

He said that 13,600 children in the country are born with the problem every year and only 25 per cent are able to get treatment.

He pointed out that in 2013 and 2014 out of the 322 children that were diagnosed with problems only 128 were able to be sent to India for further treatment.

During the consultation by the Apollo hospitals doctors, individuals with heartrelated illnesses were attended to by Dr Navasundi, who is renowned for having an extensive experience of several years in the field of cardiology.

The screening camp was also a platform for Dr Navasundi to educate Tanzanians on the importance of drinking water to avoid heart diseases, a culture lacking among many Tanzanians.

“The heart cannot beat without water as the human body is 70 per cent water. Therefore achieving homeostasis of water and electrolytes is essential for optimal functioning of the body, the cardio vascular system in particular,” said Dr Navasundi.

He explained that when someone drinks water the small distal blood vessels (capillaries) in the body close down. This increases the resistance to blood flow leading to increased blood pressure and that the dehydration increases in the whole body.

This collectively increases the risk of heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and brain stroke amongst other, the expert said.

“The human body needs about 35 millitres of water per kilograme body weight per day; that is, about 2100 ml for a 60 kg person, consumption of five or more glasses of water a day significantly reduces the incidence of fatal heart attacks as compared to consuming less than two glasses of water a day,” he said.

Dr Navasundi revealed the benefits of adequate water consumption as thinning the blood, maintaining flow dynamics in the cardiovascular system, decreasing work load on the heart as well as reducing the risk of spontaneous clot formation within blood vessels.

Whilst lacking the capacity to handle increasing medical cases, the support from the international community benefits Tanzania greatly with the inflow of international renowned doctors.

Apollo Hospital, Bangalore Cardiology Department focuses on holistic approach to cardiac care through invasive and non-invasive therapeutic and diagnostic services managed by a dedicated team of doctors.

At the cardiology department, there is a dedicated team of cardiologists who work in tandem to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to patients suffering from heart ailments.

The team of doctors, nurses, technicians and other heart experts is there to ensure excellence in patient care with human touch.

The highly qualified team of cardiologists along with the latest technology ensures the best possible care for a wide spectrum of heart diseases.

Paediatric cardiology deals with heart conditions in babies (including unborn babies), children and adolescents. Structural, functional, and rhythm-related problems of the heart are dealt with a high degree of success.

Non-invasive cardiology is relatively new field dealing with cardiac ultrasound as well as various modalities of stress. It has broad range of applications in which encompasses the entire spectrum of cardiac and vascular disease.


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