The Busia County’s Referral Hospital has been put on the global health map for being the the first health institution in Western region of Kenya to conduct a successful knee replacement surgery.
On Tuesday April the 16th, two patients at the Busia County referral hospital underwent successful knee surgeries; the first ever in Busia and the larger Western Kenya region.
The successful surgery was carried out by an American doctor called Dr Jerry Cooper and his Kenyan counterpart doctor Daniel Odipo. Doctor Cooper is remembered fondly for previously conducting a knee surgery for DR JJ Masiga, a former soccer player. Masiga played for AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars teams in his early years. The two were assisted by Dr. Daniel Odipo’s daughter, Doctor Cindy Odipo.
The surgery was conducted during a surgical camp carried out invitation of Busia County through the correspondence of Professor Joseph Mulimba and Busia County Orthopedic specialist Doctor Daniel Alushula.
Preserve of Kenyatta Hospital
After the two hour successful surgery, Doctor Odipo noted that for 21 years, knee surgeries in Kenya have only been done at Kenyatta National Hospital. He cited the Busia success as a great move of branching off the surgeries to the county levels. This, he noted, would be easily accessible by patients that may not have otherwise afforded to travel to Kenyatta Hospital.
Half a million
Doctor Odipo further noted that a normal knee surgery would cost about half a million Kenya shillings; limiting the most needy patient cases. He therefore, urged patients in the region who may need such services to take advantage of the free services being offered at the hospital.
The County Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation, Doctor Isaac Omeri noted with tanks the great work the two doctors did in putting Busia on the global map. He hoped for more of such surgical camps to serve more needy cases in the region.