Kenya’s first Bone Marrow Transplant performed at Nairobi West Hospital

Prof. Andrew Kanyi, the Chief Medical Officer at Nairobi West Hospital./COURTESY


Kenya has performed its first ever Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) at Nairobi West Hospital.

According to Prof. Andrew Kanyi, the Chief Medical Officer of the facility, the treatment was successfully completed on a 55-year-old patient suffering from multiple Myeloma.

“Nairobi West is the first ever institution to start bone marrow transplant, we have successfully done a procedure and the patient is recuperating well,” Dr. Kanyi told the media.

Dr. Kanyi says the patient who underwent the operation is healing and will be released in one to two weeks.

He added that the provision of the treatment relieves Kenyans of the burden of having to travel overseas for treatment.

 Majority have been going to India, Egypt, or even the United Kingdom for the treatment.

“The Bone Marrow Transplant division of the hospital strives to offer comprehensive, integrated, and patient-centred services for the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of blood diseases in adults and children, including blood malignancies,” added Dr. Kanyi.

BMT is a specialized therapy that has been used successfully since 1963 to treat illnesses such as blood cancer (leukaemia), lymphomas, aplastic anaemia, immune deficiency syndromes, and various solid tumour malignancies.