Aga Khan hospital’s home care service to redefine patient care

Aga Khan University Hospital has launched its Home Care Service, a key component of its strategy to enhance accessibility to high-quality healthcare.

The initiative aligns with the hospital’s commitment to bring its services closer to the communities where people live and work. Initially introduced as a pilot program in 2022, the home care services primarily focused on oncology patients, particularly those undergoing chemotherapy treatment and palliative care.

The success achieved during the pilot phase has paved the way for the full-scale implementation of this service.

During the launch ceremony, Rashid Khalani, the CEO of the hospital, noted that the Home Care Service represents another innovative approach that provides patients and caregivers with flexibility while ensuring the delivery of top-notch care.

“For patients requiring ongoing care, such as those undergoing treatment for chronic diseases, we are bringing our services to your doorstep to ensure you receive the necessary care without any inconvenience.”

“Additionally, for working caregivers whose schedules are often disrupted due to hospital visits, we urge them to entrust us with the care of their loved ones at home, allowing them to continue with their daily routines uninterrupted,” stated Mr. Rashid.

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Step towards universal healthcare in Kenya

Dr. Julius Kipngetich, the Group Regional CEO of Jubilee Holdings and the Chief Guest at the launch ceremony, commended Aga Khan University Hospital for spearheading healthcare innovations in the country.

“The introduction of this new service by Aga Khan University Hospital is both timely and significant. Home care services are a crucial step towards achieving Universal Health Care, and they demonstrate the hospital’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of patients,” remarked Dr. Kipngetich.

The Home Care Service encompasses a wide range of services, including nursing care, physiotherapy, chemotherapy, doctor visits, counseling psychology, nutrition support, palliative care, collection of samples for laboratory testing, free delivery of medications, and wound care, among other follow-up care services.

This service is part of the hospital’s decentralization strategy, which aims to bring healthcare services closer to the neighborhoods it serves. It will complement the existing services provided by the main hospital.

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