Executive Director of the Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute (JKCI) Prof. Mohamed Janabi discussing the matter with Dr. Emmanuel Balandya who is the Director of the Higher Education Department of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and the Head of the MUHAS Department of Medicine who is also the Head of Research in psychosocial program and Specialist in Kidney Disease, Paschal Ruggajo immediately after the conclusion of the opening of a special clinic for psychiatric patients who also suffer from heart disease located at the Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute in Dar es Salaam.
Representative of the Chief Medical Officer of Dar es Salaam region Dr. Ayoub Kibao talking about the matter while inspecting the Electrocardiogram at a special clinic for patients with psychosis who also suffer from heart disease at the Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute in Dar es Salaam.
By Special Correspondent – Dar es Salaam
16/09/2020 A special clinic for serving psychiatric patients where they also suffer from heart disease has been established at the Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute (JKCI).
Speaking at the launch of the clinic, JKCI CEO, Pro. Mohamed Janabi said they have partnered with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) through its Sikoseli Program.
Prof. Janabi, said efforts to establish the clinic started about two years ago and that it aims to improve the medical care of these patients.
He said JKCI sees them every week at our clinics and that before setting up the clinic it was imperative that a patient attending a psychiatric clinic diagnosed with a heart condition, be referred to JKCI for a scheduled start date for a heart clinic.
“We saw it as a great tragedy for them, which means he has to attend two clinics. “Cholera is a blood disease, a person with cirrhosis is at risk of heart disease, although not all of them end up getting heart disease, but a person with heart disease cannot get a cystosis,” he noted.
He added: “Because genital herpes is a genetic disorder that is inherited from parents, the connection between heart disease is that blood cell is a blood disorder, psychosis patients suffer from anemia, this condition can affect the heart and even other organs of the body.
“When there is anemia, it means the body has less blood but the heart still has to beat harder to push it.
Now the word ‘circle’ is derived from the knives (knives), that is, the blood cells are not in the normal shape of the circle, when they are in the shape of the sickle they have a tendency to freeze blood.
“When blood clots it can clog the blood vessels and the condition does not choose where it comes from. If it clogs the arteries in the heart then the connection with heart disease occurs, others also get a stroke,” he noted.
He added: “The challenges that arise in the blood are the ones that have an effect on the heart, so it is not the cause of the heart disease, but the heart itself cannot cause the heart.
“So, the experts consulted and agreed to establish this special clinic for these patients because they are contagious diseases, when the patient comes he will be able to be seen by doctors of both diseases at the same time,” he stressed.
He noted the lack of a psychiatric clinic for children and adults as well and that they would undergo all heart and blood tests and receive medication as recommended.
“We have started with a cycle, in the future our goal is to reach the point of establishing a single clinic for communicable diseases such as heart and kidney disease, or heart and diabetes, to facilitate patient care and avoid the hassle of rushing here and there,” he said.
Muhas Medical Department head who is also the Head of Muhas Research in Psychiatry and Cardiologist Paschal Ruggajo said the clinic will also help specialists to discuss and conduct further research to strengthen and improve the treatment of psychosis patients.
The chairman of the National Psychiatric Association, Arafa Said, praised the move and noted that the cost of treatment was still a major challenge.
“Most of us do not have health insurance and there are those who are discouraged and stop attending clinics, we continue to strive to find donors, to help them,” he said.
Speaking, the Representative of the Chief Medical Officer of Dar es Salaam, Dr. Ayoub Kibao has encouraged Tanzanians to cut health insurance as it helps reduce the burden of medical expenses.
“Statistics show that in the country every year 8000 to 11,000 children are born with this disease, and I especially advise young people who want to get married, get tested to find out if they have the genes of the disease or not,” he advised.