Queries over high number of amputations at Kisii hospital

At least four patients are amputated every month at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH), in what medics say is alarming and requires an urgent remedy

A total of 46 people are amputated annually at the same facility, which is a Regional Referral Centre serving over eight million people drawn from eight counties in the Lake Region Economic Bloc.

Kisii County Director of Medical Services Dr Matiko Matiko said most of the individuals living with amputations are accident victims, diabetes and cancer-related conditions.

Most of the accidents, Dr Matiko noted, are motorcycle-related, given that many riders are not well trained.

Dr Matiko made the revelations during a function to give artificial limbs to 83 amputees.

Their measurements were taken in September last year, but the amputees were fitted with free Prosthetic limbs of different types (below the knee, above the knee, and upper limbs) in the Tuesday function graced by Kisii governor Simba Arati.

“We also expect to take measurements for over 100 amputees whose limbs will be ready in three months for fitting,” said Dr Matiko.

The artificial limbs were donated by the Narayan Seva Sansthan team, a group of Indians based in Kisii. Dr Anil Tailor led the team.

“I am delighted to join you today to take part in the measurement and distribution of the Narayan Limbs. I wish to welcome our guests from Narayan to Kisii County and convey our gratitude for your extraordinary work, and for choosing Kisii County as a beneficiary of your impactful program,” said Governor Arati.

By selecting Kisii County, the governor noted, the team has demonstrated a commitment to making a difference at the grassroots level.

Arati said that the provision of artificial limbs will profoundly transform the lives of beneficiaries by offering them renewed mobility, independence, and the opportunity to actively engage in daily activities and regain a sense of normalcy.

The County Chief said he is determined to change service delivery at KTRH.

Currently, the facility serves over 1,200 people daily as outpatients while the bed occupancy of the 700 available beds remains at 95 percent.

A big portion of the patients attended to at the facility, he said, suffer from non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cancer and are prone to risks of amputation.

“Installation of a modern orthopedic technology (Prosthetic workshop) at KTRH will be a game changer to the region. I urge the Narayan team to consider this as a potential area of collaboration with my administration.  The CEO of KTRH, Dr Oiemeke Marita, is hereby directed to explore this partnership with you and give me a report,” said the governor.

He noted that there are several people with other forms of disabilities, amongst them children whose parents lock up in the house owing to misconceptions about disability.

“These brave individuals face unique challenges, and it is our collective responsibility to address these challenges with empathy and support. I want to assure you all that my administration is deeply committed to supporting the interests of PLWDs across the County to enhance their lives through economic and social support programs,” affirmed the governor.

He called on all government agencies and non-state actors to collaborate with the County Government to provide comprehensive interventions and support.

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