Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) at the Muhimbili National Hospital has called on the public and private institutions to adhere to regular and timely medical checkups to diagnose diseases and treat them timely
JKCI executive director Prof Mohamed Janabi made the call in Dar es Salaam at the weekend during a visit by National Housing Cooperation (NHC) workers who had gone to the institute for medical checkups.
Prof Janabi said due to negligence most people came at the hospital at terminal stages hence die or incur high costs. He said if people adhered to medical checkups the diseases could be diagnosed easily and treated timely.Citing on the cardiovascular, the director said it was better for the patients to follow all the instructions given by the doctor.
He warned some patients who stop taking dose when feeling some relief, saying that was not right because sometimes it contributes to problems.
Adding to that, the JKCI nutrition officer Louisa Shem said unhealthy life styles were dangerous to people’s lives and wellbeing.
He said they must avoid eating food containing fat from animals and also to avoid eating foods containing grain husks. Furthermore he pointed out that body exercises were very important and people should abstain from drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes, adding that they must also avoid taking too much salt.
NHC head of health in work place Dr Yothan Mackenzie said up to date a total of 14 head of departments had undergone medical checkups.
He pointed out that checkups included heart problems, cardiac, kidney, diabetes and prostate gland.
More heart patients were now being treated in the country thanks to the official inauguration of the state-of-the-art Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar es Salaam. Many lives had been saved hence reducing costs in the process.
The big support from China in collaboration with the government had made the establishment of the institute possible. On average the country used to spend over 2.5bln/- annually for heart treatment abroad, which will be handled at the centre now.
Its launch is yet another milestone in the historic friendship between China and Tanzania in the health sector, as heart patients who previously had to undergo costly treatment abroad will now be taken care of by highly trained medical surgeons in the country.
It was tasked to control and manage the institute and any other hospitals providing cardiovascular health services as may be vested in the institute under this instrument or any other written law.
Other task was to undertake medical care of out-patients and in-patients in accordance with medical ethics as well as to stimulate and promote programmes for the improvement or advancement of cardiovascular health and general welfare of the people of Tanzania.