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Safety guidelines to ensure your comfort

As we reopen our practice, we would like to assure you of your comfort as you visit us. In order to make you feel more at ease, your visit will now be different than in the past, as we put into the place the following protocols to ensure your safety: • All patients are required to making an advanced booking.• When booking patients, they will be asked for symptoms such as a fever, a sore throat, a running nose or any kind of allergies. Only patients without symptoms will be booked.• Upon arrival, patient’s temperature will be measured, and hands will be sanitized.• All patients will be dressed in a gown, a mask, a cap and shoe covers. Once the administrative formalities have been completed, the patient will be asked to Dr. Joshi’s office, who will also be dressed in all the required protective gear. Once the patient has been examined, the equipment will be cleaned and sanitized, before seeing the next patient. Due to physical distancing measure, only a few patients will be allowed in the sitting area at any given time. Consequently, you are requested to keep your time of appointment. We also advise you to:1. Wash your hands2. Improve your diet by avoiding animal proteins and sugar3. Stay fit and exercise regularly4. Get enough sleep And above all, stay positive! Read more Safety guidelines to ensure your comfort

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Honorary Rotarian Dr. Joshi is grateful to have had the opportunity of serving patients in the Western region through the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication project with the Rotary Club of Nairobi. Check out this article in the The Asian Weekly!

Read more Honorary Rotarian Dr. Joshi is grateful to have had the opportunity of serving patients in the Western region through the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication project with the Rotary Club of Nairobi. Check out this article in the The Asian Weekly!

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ROTARY CLUB OF NAIROBI HITS A RECORD BY ENABLING 237 PATIENTS TO REGAIN EYESIGHT IN A DAY

The Rotary Club of Nairobi, under the banner of Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project, has been doing free cataract operations for the last 30 years. Honorary Rotarian Dr. Mukesh Joshi and his team have performed nearly 17,000 free cataract operations under this initiative. A similar eye camp was recently held at the Kisumu Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital. Dr. Mukesh Joshi was joined by a team of ophthalmologists; Dr. Orlando from Eldoret, Dr. Ochieng from Kisii and other ophthalmic clinical assistants like Mr. Maina from Nakuru, Mr. Rono from Sabatia, Mr. Kelvin from Homa Bay and Mr. Steve from Migori. We are most grateful to the Jalaram School of Kisumu, where all the patients were accommodated for free. We are also grateful to Mr. Jayant Patel (Foam Mattresses, Kisumu), for providing the mattresses for the patients. The coordination of the entire eye camp was done by Rotarian Salim Fazal, Rotarian Nelson Mburu and Rotarian Clinton Ombati. The president of the Rotary Cub, Jessica Kazina was also present during the camp. We are also grateful to the guest of honor, Honorable Dr. Onyango, who visited the eye camp on behalf of the governor of Kisumu. We are thankful to the Trust of the Rotary Club, through Rotarian Dinesh Kapila. The Rotary Club would also like to extend its appreciation to Rotarian Arun Devani for organizing the donation for this initiative from Mr. Ismail (lawyer). If any of the readers of the Asian Weekly would like to join us in being a part of these noble projects, please feel free to contact the coordinator of the eye camp, Rotarian Nelson Mburu or Dr. Mukesh Joshi on the below: Dr. Mukesh Joshi - info@lasereyecentre.co.ke Rotarian Nelson Mburu - nelson.mburu@gmail.com W: http://rotarynairobi.org/                                    

Read more ROTARY CLUB OF NAIROBI HITS A RECORD BY ENABLING 237 PATIENTS TO REGAIN EYESIGHT IN A DAY

ROTARY CLUB EYE CAMP ENABLES 260 PATIENTS TO REGAIN EYE SIGHT IN A DAY

For the last 30 years, The Rotary Club of Nairobi has been holding free eye camps to curb rural blindness under the KENYA RURAL BLINDNESS ERADICATION PROJECT.  Dr. Mukesh Joshi (honorary Rotary Ophthalmologist) and his team have performed more than 17,000 free cataract operations in the last three decades under his initiative.

A similar eye camp was recently held on the 26th – 28th April 2019 at the Kisumu Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital. Rotarian President Salim Fazal and Rotarian Nelson Mburu accompanied Honorary Rotarian Dr. Mukesh Joshi and team to the camp. 260 cataract surgeries were successfully carried out, marking the highest number of operations that have been carried out in a day. The eye camp attracted patients from Ahero, Migori, Nyamira, Kisii, Kapsabet, Kisumu, and Kendu Bay.

The Rotary Club of Nairobi is grateful for the support of Dr. Rosemary Obara (Cabinet Secretary of Health – Kisumu) and Dr. Okoth (CEO, Oginga Odinga Institute). The project would not have been possible without the support of The Jalaram School and its members (Chairman – Mr. Vinod Patel, former chairman – Mr. Vijay Patel and Principal – Mrs. Prabhu) where all the patients were accommodated. The Rotary club of Nairobi is most grateful to Mr. Jayant Patel (Foam Mattresses, Kisumu) for providing mattresses for the patients this year and in the past. Transport for operated patients was provided at no cost, courtesy of Easy Coach. Ms. Alia Mohammed, Ms. Peris Muthoni and Mrs. Mira Joshi also played a key role in making this camp a success.

Woman recovers sight after historic stem cells surgery

A partially blind woman has regained her sight after receiving Kenya’s first-ever stem cell transplant from a placenta.

Jane Muthoni lost her sight completely in the left eye in 2013 after a laboratory accident in school. Her right eye is normal.

Late January, she became the first Kenyan eye patient to receive a stem cell transplant at the Laser Eye Centre in Nairobi. The surgery was performed a team of four specialists led by Dr Mukesh Joshi.

A review carried out on Saturday shows the left eye has healed, slowly restoring sight to the 23-year-old woman.

“We transplanted stem cells from the opposite eye to the damaged eye, a procedure that requires a lot of minute details,” Nairobi-based ophthalmologist Joshi said.

Millions of stem cells are found at the junction of the white and black parts of the eye.

“Once the stem cells are taken from the opposite eye, they will not stick to the cornea, so a special membrane, known as the amniotic membrane, is derived from the placenta imported from the USA,” he said.

This membrane is applied with special glue so it can stick to the damaged cornea. “Stem cells gradually start repopulating and giving nutrition to the superficial layer of the cornea since the cornea does not have a blood supply.

“With improved nutrition, the cornea starts becoming clear once the newly transplanted stem cells get repopulated,” Mukesh said.

Scan images show Muthoni’s eyes are now less cloudy and streaks of veins that ran through the cornea have disappeared.

The function of the stem cells is to give nutrition to the cornea to enable it to maintain its clarity since the cornea does not have a blood supply. The cornea is the first transparent part of the eye, through which light passes.

Due to injuries, like chemical accidents or infections, the cells get damaged, making the cornea cloudy and blood vessels start to run on it.

Muthoni had normal eyesight until the high school laboratory accident damaged her left eye.

Corneal wound healing is a complex process that occurs in response to various eye injuries and surgery. Delayed or incomplete healing is a significant clinical concern.

The Kenyan case presents evidence of the role of stem cells in corneal wound healing.