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Kenya: 109 Patients in Kitui Benefit From Free Surgeries During KNH Urology Outreach


Nairobi — At least 109 patients in Kitui county have benefited from a prostate surgery medical camp conducted by the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

For three days, KNH multidisciplinary team of medical specialists pitched a medical camp in Kitui county where they undertook free surgeries for locals.

KNH said the urological camp managed to successfully offer minimally invasive prostate surgery to 109 patients while another 73 patients underwent urethroplasty, an open surgical reconstruction or replacement of the urethra, due to urethral strictures.

“KNH multidisciplinary team of medical specialists participated in a three-day urological medical camp in Kitui County. 109 patients underwent minimally invasive prostate surgery (TURP) and another 73 patients got urethroplasty due to urethral strictures,” the national referral hospital stated.

The initiative by KNH was geared at creating awareness of prostrate health with a study published on the African Journal of Urology in January 2021 reporting significantly low awareness levels among men in rural settings.

The study which adopted a cross-sectional mixed-method approach revealed 84 per cent of 576 in Gatundu North and Kiambu had not heard of prostate cancer, a key disease affecting prostrate health in Kenya.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common male cancers in Kenya affecting men aged between 35-60 years.

WHO data published in 2018 prostate cancer deaths reached 2,202, representing 0.86 per cent deaths. The age adjusted death rate stood at 33.06 per 100,000 of population, with Kenya ranked 26th globally.