Patients with stoma, fistula and chronic wounds will get a huge relief following the graduation of 14 nurses trained in stoma wound and continence management at the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM) in Nairobi.
Dr Eunice Ndirangu of AKU SONAM East Africa (left), Duncan Okoth who graduated and Elizabeth English, a trainer from AASTN
The programme is the first of its kind in East Africa and this is the third group of nurses trained under the Kenya Stoma Wound and Continence Nursing Education Programme.
The nurses, 13 from different parts of the country and one from Botswana were trained under the Kenya Stoma Wound and Continence Nursing Education Programme, a partnership between Kenya and Australia. The programme was conducted by tutors from the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses (AASTN).
The number of patients with stoma, fistula and chronic wounds is on the rise in tandem with increase in Non- Communicable Diseases (NCD).
“The Stoma Wound and Continence Nursing Association of Kenya has been established to support the sustainability of stoma management. An international delegate to the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists [WCET] has also been appointed to ensure Kenya is well represented on the world stage,” said Omiah.
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