‘558 patients beneficiaries of MNH radiology services’

12Oct 2019
Getrude Mbago
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
‘558 patients beneficiaries of MNH radiology services’

THE provision of interventional radiology services at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has offered treatment to a total of 558 patients since its commencement in November 2017 resulting in saving costs of seeking the treatment abroad.

Patients who have received the service include those with tumors in dental (hemangioma and lymphangioma) tumors in kidney, heads, fibroids and other diseases.

According to experts, interventional radiology is a medical specialty, which provides minimally invasive image guided diagnosis and treatment without conducting surgeries to patients.

It involves the use of X-ray, MRI, CT-scan and ultrasound in treating a variety of health conditions or taking samples for investigation.

Addressing reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Dr Flora Lwakatare, Head of Radiology Department at MNH said the provision of the services had been successfully implemented because they had managed to save millions of shillings for patients, who were seeking the services abroad.

Dr Lwakatare said there were a number of positive impacts associated with interventional radiology, noting that with the service, a patient doesn't need to undergo a major surgery and it was cost-effective.

“For example at MNH patients with non-cancerous dental tumours can now be treated for only 8m/- compared to 96m/- that patient can pay upon completion of retreatment in foreign country,” she said.

She said that MNH in collaboration with radiology experts from Yale, Emory and Dartmouth universities in the US and Australia had continued to providing radiology services and training to Tanzanian experts to equip them with prerequisite knowledge so that they could provide the services by themselves.

Dr Lwakatare said radiology experts from Canada, who had been in the country for almost two weeks in collaboration with local experts, provided services to a number of patients during an interventional radiology.

For his part, Murray Asch, Interventional Radiologist Specialist from Toronto Canada commended MNH for introducing the special treatment saying that with Interventional radiology, a patient can undergo procedure and be treated in day without being admitted at hospital.

“It is honour and pleasure to be here, spent time with local experts, training and sharing skills and knowledge to improve interventional radiology services in Tanzania,” he said.

He urged the government to increase investment in the sector by improving financing, equipment and experts.