MOI offers  cerebral aneurysm surgery

21Jan 2019
James Kandoya
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
 MOI offers  cerebral aneurysm surgery

THE Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) has started to offer cerebral aneurysm surgery using  surgical microscope  for the first time in the country.

According to the neuro surgeon at the facility Khamis Shabani, the offering services had enabled the government saving US dollars 60,000 which is equivalent to 150m/- that could be used to treat a single person abroad.

Dr Shabani briefed a team of communication officers from the Ministry for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children which toured the facility.

The officials were from Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI),KCMC hospital, Bugando hospital, Benjamin Mkapa Hospital, Mbeya Zonal hospital, Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) and Medical Store Department(MSD),.

Others were the Government Chemist Laboratory Authority (GCLA),National Health Insurance Fund(NHIF),Tanzania Food and Drug Authority(TFDA),MOI and the Ministry for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.

He said with surgical microscope, patients with cerebral aneurysm can be treated at the facility at US dollars 3500 for single person.

The surgeon hinted that the machine worth 1bn/ is among collective efforts made by the fifth phase government to ensure quality health services.

Shaban said the machine can diagnose at the same time be used in the surgery exercise compared to other machine commenting that it was the latest technology in the country.

"In the three years, our facility has received  fully support from the government enabling it to procure latest machines including the surgical microscope," he said.

According, to the surgeon, there will be no more patients suffering from cerebral aneurysm who will go abroad for the same treatment.

He added that the machine had increased accuracy to the surgeon hence reduce the possibilities of unnecessary mistakes to the patients .

For his part, the facility communication officer, Patrick Mvungi hinted that in the three years, the institute had recorded remarkably successes in providing quality health services.

Mvungi said before using the machine over 50 per cent  of patients died, adding that with the new machine new machine it will to great extent to reduce the cases.

He added that with support from the government, it has procured latest machines such as digital ex ray machines, MRI and CT- scan machine.

Mvungi added with new machine, services had improved and reduced time taken to attend to the patients.

"With new machines, the facility can attend between 150,000 and 200,000 patients as well as cases interpretations, he said.

He explained  that the facility will be  the centre of excellence in and beyond the borders in offering best health services.