KMTC launches course for health workers to tackle hemophilia and other blood disorders

KMTC launches course for health workers to tackle hemophilia and other blood disorders

The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) on Wednesday, (April 17, 2024) during World Hemophilia Day, launched the first-ever curriculum for training health workers in managing hemophilia and other bleeding disorders in the country.

According to data from the Kenya Haemophilia Association, one in every 10,000 Kenyans suffers from hemophilia, an inherited bleeding disorder causing low levels of clotting factors and leading to prolonged bleeding.

“This translates to roughly 5,500 Kenyans living with the disorder. Out of these, only 940 have been identified and put on treatment,” noted Health Cabinet Secretary Ms. Nakhumicha S. Wafula, in a statement read by Dr. Bashir Isaak, Head of Directorate Family Health at the Ministry of Health.

“The curriculum is a crucial step in strengthening the capacities of health providers to tackle hemophilia and allied bleeding disorders. Equipping healthcare workers with these skills is vital for providing quality care to patients facing these challenges,” she added.

While there is no known cure for hemophilia, a genetic disorder associated with bleeding, it can be managed through care.

Prof. Karanja Njoroge, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at KHA, emphasized the importance of commemorating World Hemophilia Day to celebrate milestones in managing the condition and raising awareness.

He further thanked KMTC for partnering with KHA, to develop the course, setting pace to bring hope and progress in the fight against blood disorders in Kenya.

Mr. Joseah Cheruiyot, KMTC Board Chairperson, highlighted the challenges faced by people with sickle cell disease and stressed the need for improved medical care.

“As a College, we will continue to be creative in our efforts to equip healthcare workers with the necessary skills to manage diseases, which is why we have developed this training programme,” he said, in a statement by Board Director Ms. Hardlyne Lusui.

Dr. Kelly Oluoch, KMTC CEO, emphasized that the launch of this curriculum comes at a crucial time when healthcare professionals require additional skills to manage emerging and re-emerging health conditions, including hemophilia.

He challenged health workers to take advantage of the course to boost their skills.

Representatives from Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation, Nairobi County Government, and other dignitaries were also present.

The event began with a march from KNH, passed through Ngong Road, and culminated at KMTC headquarters, where the ceremony was held.