Health facilities – MHWWB http://mhwwb.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:56:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mhwwb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-34-150x150.png Health facilities – MHWWB http://mhwwb.org/ 32 32 Senate team calls for review of all public health facilities https://mhwwb.org/senate-team-calls-for-review-of-all-public-health-facilities/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:56:25 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/senate-team-calls-for-review-of-all-public-health-facilities/ Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi. [David Gichuru, Standard] The Senate Health Committee wants an assessment of all public health facilities to determine if they are eligible for the status they have been bequeathed, as most provide below-average services. Members said so when they received submissions from Kenya Health Professionals Oversight Authority and Kenya Medical […]]]>
Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi. [David Gichuru, Standard]

The Senate Health Committee wants an assessment of all public health facilities to determine if they are eligible for the status they have been bequeathed, as most provide below-average services.

Members said so when they received submissions from Kenya Health Professionals Oversight Authority and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council on cases of alleged negligence at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and Mama Lucy Hospital Kibaki in Nairobi.

Committee Vice-Chair Mariam Omar (Appointed Senator) expressed concern that most public health facilities are not living up to the ratings given to them and will seek to determine s they deserve this status.

“We have public health facilities classified at level five or level four, but the services they offer are below their level. We will determine if they really deserve these titles or if they should be demoted because they do not live up to expectations,” Omar said.

Senator-appointed Hamida Kibwana insisted that KNH and Mama Lucy Kibaki hospitals must live up to their ratings and provide quality medical services to the public, adding that cases of medical negligence were of concern.

Appointed Senator Raphael Chimera said some facilities could be bribed to be classified at a certain level, as it goes against the logic for a public hospital not to offer services commensurate with its status.

Appointed Senator Raphael Chimera. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Senator Appointed Esther Okenyuri noted that the welfare of medical staff is important as they have a heavy burden of ensuring that Kenyans receive quality medical care which cannot happen if they are struggling. at work.

“Even as we look at the quality of services offered by our public health facilities, we must look at the well-being of our medical staff. Are they well taken care of, do they have good working conditions,” Okenyuri said.

Kenya Health Profession Oversight Authority CEO Jackson Kioko told the committee that an investigation was ongoing into the way KNH treated the late baby Travis Maina who had a jembe on his head.

Dr Kioko said an investigation has been launched into the hospital’s conduct in handling the matter and a full report will be submitted to the committee within 30 days, including disciplinary action, if appropriate. .

He said the authority was also investigating how Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital treated the late Maureen Anyango, who died after giving birth to twins, and the late Edward Otieno, who was rushed to the facility. after a road accident.

“A thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the deaths of Maureen Anyango and Edward Otieno will be conducted with a full report submitted to the Senate Health Committee within 30 days, including disciplinary action if appropriate,” Dr Kioko said. .

The CEO of the Health Professionals Supervisory Authority of Kenya told the committee that Mama Hospital Lucy Kibaki must ensure that clinical officers involved in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child care undertake and submit evidence training in emergency obstetric and neonatal care within four months.

Dr Kioko said the Nairobi County government should expedite the operationalization of the intensive care unit and trauma center at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital to ease congestion in the accident and emergency section and provide intensive care services.

He called on the county government to allocate an advanced life support ambulance to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital to facilitate the referral of critical cases.

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council chief executive David Kariuki told the committee that following public outcry over the deaths of babies Travis, Anyango and Otieno, he had opened inquiries into the matter.

“Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council has requested a full report from Kenyatta National Hospital and Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital on how they treated Baby Travis Maina, Maureen Anyango and Edward Otieno before they died,” said Dr. Kariuki.

He said they had requested detailed statements from the medical staff caring for the individual patients and requested certified and paged copies of the three patients’ records and any other relevant documents that could assist the council.

The committee interviewed Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi and family members of the three victims to establish whether they received proper medical attention.

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DOH Commits to Supporting Mental Health Facilities and Strengthening Community Programs https://mhwwb.org/doh-commits-to-supporting-mental-health-facilities-and-strengthening-community-programs/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 12:53:53 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/doh-commits-to-supporting-mental-health-facilities-and-strengthening-community-programs/ The Department of Health (DOH) pledged on Wednesday to support mental health facilities across the country and strengthen community mental health programs. DOH Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire met with officials from the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in the city of Mandaluyong to discuss ways to increase access to mental health services […]]]>

The Department of Health (DOH) pledged on Wednesday to support mental health facilities across the country and strengthen community mental health programs.

DOH Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire met with officials from the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in the city of Mandaluyong to discuss ways to increase access to mental health services and improve their delivery .

During the meeting, Vergeire stressed the importance of improving mental health research and allocating the budget to train mental health professionals.

“Stigma and discrimination continue to prevent us from maximizing our mental health services and programs. Recognizing these challenges, we have taken a non-specialist approach to bringing mental health services closer to communities, ensuring that mental health care is available at all stages of life. in various settings and levels of care,” said Vergeire.

“Additionally, we need support from other sectors to eliminate the stigma around mental health and help make Filipinos healthy, both physically and mentally,” she added.

Vergeire also toured the various facilities at NCMH and witnessed patient routines and activities, which are critical things to consider when reintegrating into the general community.

The DOH said earlier that the number of calls to the NCMH crisis hotline increased in the first quarter of 2021.

Citing data from NCMH, Vergeire said a total of 3,006 calls were made to the hotlines 0917 899 8727 (USAP) and 989 8727 (USAP) from January 1 to March 15, 2021. Of these, 867 were related to suicide.

The most common reasons for calling the NCMH hotline were anxiety and depression, stressful life events, interpersonal issues, mood issues, and referral services. — Richa Noriega/BM, GMA Integrated News

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Having won the right to abortion, Colombian activists are pressuring health institutions to do so https://mhwwb.org/having-won-the-right-to-abortion-colombian-activists-are-pressuring-health-institutions-to-do-so/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 15:57:32 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/having-won-the-right-to-abortion-colombian-activists-are-pressuring-health-institutions-to-do-so/ Causa Justa activists outside the Colombian Constitutional Court In February, Colombia introduced one of the world’s most liberal abortion laws after activists took it to court – but their challenge now is to ensure the healthcare system is able to deliver. terminations of pregnancy. Not so long ago, abortion in Colombia was a taboo subject […]]]>
Causa Justa activists outside the Colombian Constitutional Court

In February, Colombia introduced one of the world’s most liberal abortion laws after activists took it to court – but their challenge now is to ensure the healthcare system is able to deliver. terminations of pregnancy.

Not so long ago, abortion in Colombia was a taboo subject that could not be brought up at dinner parties or family gatherings, according to Florence Thomas, one of the most influential voices of Colombian feminism.

“It was considered such a difficult topic that people would get up and leave my lectures when I brought it up,” Thomas said. Monitoring of health policies.

16 years ago, in 2006, Colombian lawyer Mónica Roa challenged the country’s comprehensive abortion ban in the Constitutional Court and obtained decriminalization abortion on three grounds: when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest; when there was a severe malformation of the fetus; and when the pregnancy posed a health risk to the woman.

“This decision changed the course of history,” says Thomas, because it showed that the legal vehicle to fight for safe abortions was not Congress, but the Constitutional Court, Colombia’s highest court.

Since then, feminist movements and pro-choice lawyers like Roa have fought to expand the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia.

Trial against barrier gestures

In 2020, just cause (“Just Cause”), a movement of more than 100 organizations and 140 activists united to legalize abortion, filed a complaint against the criminalization of early termination of pregnancy.

Instead of proposing a whole new regime of laws that would have to pass through Congress, they sought to regulate abortion within the rules already in place and therefore would not depend on politicians.

Causa Justa showed that, despite the 2006 reforms, abortion remained a crime in the Penal Code, putting it beyond the reach of most women. The Causa Justa Trial, supported by more than 100 national and international experts, have also shown that nearly 400 women are sentenced each year for having or seeking to have an abortion, with sentences ranging from 16 to 54 months in prison. Between 2006 and 2019, more than 5,700 women were charged with abortion.

Causa Justa lawyers also showed judges that criminalization forced women to seek out unsanitary and unsafe underground abortion clinics. According to the Colombian Observatory of Public Health and Epidemiology, one of the main causes of the death of more than 400 women from hemorrhage in 2020 was unsafe and illegal abortions.

Between 59% and 70% of complaints filed against women seeking abortions came from health workers, says Mariana Ardila, a lawyer for Women’s Link, one of the organizations that are part of Causa Justa.

Abortion providers could also face charges, which has caused most medical professionals to refuse to perform abortions.

Very tight judgment

This sad reality changed with the new ruling in February this year, which established that abortion will only be an offense after the 24th week of pregnancy.

“The women won,” the plaintiffs said after learning of the decision, surrounded by chants of, “It’s a law!” It’s a law! It is a law. »

The judgment is historic because successive Colombian governments have never legislated on an issue that they do not consider to be a priority or beneficial because of the controversy it generates in the streets.

Colombia is a secular but deeply religious country. A 2017 survey revealed that 97% of citizens believe in God and that the various churches, mainly Catholic and Evangelical, have enormous power over believers, pushing them into an all-out fight against abortion.

In its final phase, the judges of the Constitutional Court voted on the lawsuit, and the vote was very close: five judges were in favor and four against. With this last word, the court proved that Colombia is changing. Today, only 20% of the population approves of women going to jail if they have an abortion.

Unprepared health services

The Court also ruled that the government should implement a global public policy concerning access to safe and legal abortions in the “shortest possible time”. However, to date, such a policy has not been fully defined and executed.

The Colombian Ministry of Health recognizes that barriers to abortion persist and are mainly associated with denial of services – mainly due to ignorance of the changed legal framework and the abusive exercise of conscientious objection by staff medical.

On September 28, he published a document with instructions on how to strengthen sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, which was aimed at all entities that are part of the health system.

Colombia is part of a “green wave” of countries in the region that have moved to expand their freedom of abortion, but it allows abortion much later than its regional counterparts.

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled late last year that it was unconstitutional to criminalize abortion. However, each state must regulate the decision of the Supreme Court.

In Argentina, Congress approved the legality of abortion up to 14 weeks and, as in Colombia, lifted restrictions that allowed abortion only in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is in jeopardy. danger.

Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian National Assembly approved a bill that allows abortions if they result from rape up to the 12th week, but President Guillermo Lasso vetoed it, saying he respects “life by design”.

Colombia’s decision is, however, a historic victory for Colombia’s women’s movement, which has been fighting for decades to have their rights recognized in a traditional, ultra-Catholic country. The next step is for the public policy to be fully rolled out across the country and serve as a model for the region.

Mesa por la Vida y la Salud de las Mujeresa feminist collective that advocates for women’s sexual and reproductive rights, said that in the first months of 2022, they helped more than 90 women overcome barriers while seeking an abortion within the parameters of the new law.

Alejandra* (pseudonym) is an example. She requested an abortion in her sixth week of pregnancy, but ultimately only got one in her 11th week. She says the procedure was slow and painful and the doctors did not provide clear information about the process.

The figures show that there is still a long way to go for women in Colombia and that the famous slogan of the feminist march, “we want sex education to decide, that contraceptives avoid abortion and that legal abortion does not die “, will still resonate in the streets, the mountains, the buildings and the legislative entities until the Colombian women can feel free to decide, without contest, of their body.

Image credits: Causa Justa.

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All RWJBarnabas Healthcare Facilities Achieve 2022 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition https://mhwwb.org/all-rwjbarnabas-healthcare-facilities-achieve-2022-chime-digital-health-most-wired-recognition/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 20:09:52 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/all-rwjbarnabas-healthcare-facilities-achieve-2022-chime-digital-health-most-wired-recognition/ Most connected hospitals use technology for better patient experience West Orange, New Jersey, October 24, 2022 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has released the coveted results of its Most Wired Digital Health Survey for 2022, recognizing all RWJBarnabas healthcare facilities with the most wired status. Among the more than 38,000 organizations […]]]>

Most connected hospitals use technology for better patient experience

West Orange, New Jersey, October 24, 2022 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has released the coveted results of its Most Wired Digital Health Survey for 2022, recognizing all RWJBarnabas healthcare facilities with the most wired status.

Among the more than 38,000 organizations surveyed by CHIME, RWJBarnabas Health ranked above its peers in categories including data analytics and management, population health, infrastructure and engagement patients. The survey assessed technology adoption, integration and impact in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry-leading.

Performance Excellence Level 9 in the acute category was achieved by Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center. Southern Campus in Lakewood, RWJUH in New Brunswick and RWJUH Somerset in Somerville.

Newark Beth Israel in Newark, RWJUH Hamilton and RWJUH Rahway received Performance Excellence Level of 8 in the acute category, while Trinitas Regional Medical Center received Performance Excellence Level of 5. The center of RWJ Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care was recognized in the Ambulatory category with a Performance Excellence Level of 9, and Children’s Specialty Hospital was recognized in the Long Term Care category with a Performance Excellence Level of 6.

“RWJBarnabas Health is committed to being at the forefront of technology adoption and clinical systems implementation to improve the delivery of care to our patients and we are honored to be recognized for our continued efforts. said Robert T. Adamson, executive vice president and chief information officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “Improving the efficiency of care delivery through advances in technology and information systems allows us to achieve significant results, including improved patient access to health services, improved patient experience and cost reduction across the system.”

The Digital Health Most Wired survey and recognition program serves as a comprehensive “digital health check” for healthcare organizations worldwide. As the success of digital health increasingly determines the quality of patient care, the scope of the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired survey reflects the progress of leading healthcare providers as they reimagine healthcare for a new century.

“We are proud to honor RWJBarnabas Health’s exceptional dedication to excellence in digital health,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “Their pioneering performance in the industry inspires other organizations by example. Patients in communities around the world receive better care when you drive change through digital transformation, as RWJBarnabas Health has proven through its success in this rigorous program.

About RWJ Barnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive academic health care system, with a service area spanning eight counties and five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville; Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth; three acute care children’s hospitals; Specialized children’s hospital, comprising a network of outpatient centres; a behavioral health center and the largest behavioral health network in the state; two trauma centers; a satellite emergency service; ambulatory care centers; geriatric centers; comprehensive home care and palliative care programs; fitness and wellness centers; retail pharmacy services; an affiliated medical group; multi-site imaging centers; and two accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is one of New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians – and consistently wins national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health, in partnership with Rutgers University, is New Jersey’s largest academic healthcare system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with the education, research and clinical activities of Rutgers, including those of the Rutgers Cancer Institute in New Jersey – the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in the State – and Behavioral Health Care from Rutgers University.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), Chief Innovation Officers (CIOs), Chief Digital Officers (CDOs), and other healthcare IT leaders. With more than 5,000 members in 58 countries plus two U.S. territories and more than 190 healthcare informatics business partners and professional services companies, CHIME and its three associations provide a highly interactive, trusted environment for high-level professionals and executives industry to collaborate, share best practices, address professional development needs and advocate for the effective use of information management to improve health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

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Private healthcare facilities seek prompt reimbursements from NHIA https://mhwwb.org/private-healthcare-facilities-seek-prompt-reimbursements-from-nhia/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 07:08:56 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/private-healthcare-facilities-seek-prompt-reimbursements-from-nhia/ King Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II (left), Ga Mantse, in a handshake with Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Health Committee. Photo: Maxwell Ocloo The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, said the private health sector was suffering from the current economic situation in the country. The […]]]>

King Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II (left), Ga Mantse, in a handshake with Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Health Committee. Photo: Maxwell Ocloo

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, said the private health sector was suffering from the current economic situation in the country.

The situation, he says, has disastrous consequences for the general health of the population.

Dr Afriye, who is an MP for Effiduase/Asokore Constituency in the Ashanti Region, made this known during the 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Private Healthcare Facilities Association of Ghana (PHFAoG ) in Accra yesterday.

The 3-day conference is themed: Addressing Challenges Facing Private Healthcare Providers in Ghana – The Role of the State.

Dr Afriye has therefore called on the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to ensure that it pays private providers on time to help address the problem of co-payment in private facilities.

According to him, 70% of things used in hospitals are imported and as a result the current free fall of the cedi coupled with NHIA payment delays was pushing private healthcare providers to the brink of collapse.

human face

Despite the current challenges that the private health facilities, which Dr Afriye described as a social sector, were going through, they were also being harassed by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) with new taxes and said the GRA should give a human face to their work.

Furthermore, he blamed the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) saying that the 2.5% tax on the NHIA was not being paid and therefore leaving the NHIA handicapped, a situation which he said , was the main cause of the end of reimbursement for service providers.

Dr Afriyie said it was time for the Ministry of Health to provide grants to providers so they could use them to protect themselves from difficult economic conditions and continue to partner with the government to provide quality health care. quality to the people.

He said providers had no choice but to pass on some of the payments to patients.

The national chairman of private health facilities in Ghana, Dr Kwame Buabeng Frimpong, said it was pathetic to know that private health service providers were making frantic efforts to support the government’s plans to make health care accessible and affordable healthcare for all.

According to him, the government had a big role to play in helping to minimize, if not eliminate, the many difficult challenges facing private health services and mentioned some of the main challenges to include institutional liquidity explaining that at Over the years, the erratic reimbursement pattern by the NHIA and the various private health insurance plans have resulted in severe states of financial inadequacy for many private health care facilities.

He said the erratic reimbursement of submitted claims placed an unbearable financial burden on institutions, forcing many to adopt one or more coping strategies, some of which could be described as unacceptable, unapproved or illegal.

Upside Review

He further called on the NHIA to consider upward revisions to the July 2022 tariff to reflect current market trends and currency dynamics, saying that “we would be very grateful if the NHIA could invite us to join the table. who will discuss the changes”.

Dr Frimpong called on the government to balance staff distribution scales to ensure that all sectors have sufficient resources for maximum efficiency.

“Besides the fact that we are struggling to keep some of these professionals in our facilities, we are seeing the export or exodus of the necessary personnel to countries such as Barbados, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada,” he said.

The Special Advisor to the Minister of Health, Dr Baffour Awuah, who represented the Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, assured that the ministry was working on the challenges faced by private healthcare providers.

He called on them to take advantage of some of the policies of the ministry of health such as human resources for health to inform themselves.

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Essentia Health Facilities Meet Iron Chain Needs – Hometown Focus https://mhwwb.org/essentia-health-facilities-meet-iron-chain-needs-hometown-focus/ Fri, 14 Oct 2022 07:36:46 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/essentia-health-facilities-meet-iron-chain-needs-hometown-focus/ Born and raised in Virginia, Larry Cuffe Jr. knows the challenges of accessing health care in rural settings. At 70, the current two-term mayor has lived in the Queen City for almost 15 years of his life, which he spent in law enforcement in the Twin Cities. “This is my home; I love it here […]]]>

Born and raised in Virginia, Larry Cuffe Jr. knows the challenges of accessing health care in rural settings. At 70, the current two-term mayor has lived in the Queen City for almost 15 years of his life, which he spent in law enforcement in the Twin Cities.

“This is my home; I love it here and I can’t imagine being anywhere else,” Cuffe said.

In 2021, Cuffe, who takes various prescription medications, noticed something was wrong with her health.

“I started to feel a little bad, and I noticed that for about a week,” Cuffe said. “My tongue and mouth were both a little numb. My throat had swollen and I was having difficulty swallowing.

Cuffe wasn’t sure what to make of it because he hadn’t been prescribed any new medications recently. So he went to the emergency room at Essentia Health-Virginia. There he said he received some of the best care he had ever received.

“I walked in and the receptionist was so warm and welcoming; she got me checked in right away,” Cuffe said.

After explaining what was wrong, Cuffe said she recognized he was in distress and began helping him immediately with the help of registered nurse Katie Pettinelli.

Once in the ER, Cuffe received an allergy shot, which immediately helped relieve her symptoms.

“All the nurses have been phenomenal,” Cuffe said. “There were two who were so efficient and so professional. They worked as a team and I really felt like I was well supported and listened to throughout the process.

Dr. Robert Zotti, Cuffe’s emergency physician, immediately asked him if he was taking any medication. Once they established that Cuffe was having a reaction to a blood pressure preventative medication, Dr. Zotti immediately prescribed him an alternative.

Cuffe said Dr. Zotti calmly and professionally explained that even though he’s been taking the drug for several years, people can develop a reaction over time, and that’s why he’s removing it.

“He also mentioned that it was smart of me to come in and get treatment because with a reaction like this I might not have woken up in the morning,” Cuffe said.

Cuffe was impressed with how quickly and efficiently things went through the ER.

“You just heard these horror stories from hospitals around the world about the long wait times, people coming in with major issues and having to wait hours to be seen,” Cuffe said. “It was not my case. The process was quick, thorough, and efficient, and I had zero wait times, although it was a more minor thing to deal with.

The Iron Rangers can count on Essentia Health-Virginia when you or your loved one need medical attention near you. Ours is a 30-bed hospital and a level IV trauma center. Whether you’re in our 24-hour emergency room or our birthing center, our caring and knowledgeable providers are there for you.

For non-emergency needs, visit Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic for Primary and Specialty Care. Our primary care providers see patients of all ages and can refer you to specialists onsite and offsite.

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Flu shots are recommended for anyone 6 months and older. They’re covered by most insurance and are one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. As COVID-19 continues to put additional pressure on health systems, it is important to take all possible precautions against the disease.

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was already planned.
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Reduce your risk of breast cancer or catch breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. Breast health specialists at Essentia Cancer Centers can help you maintain your breast health through education, screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Talk to your primary care provider or gynecologist about your breast health if you notice:

• Changes in breast size or shape.
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Ideally, you should have a clinical breast exam every year by your primary care provider or gynecologist. During a clinical breast exam, your healthcare professional checks your breasts for warning signs of breast cancer.

Between appointments, we encourage self-awareness about breasts. Breast self-awareness is different from breast self-examination. Breast self-awareness is knowing what your breasts normally look like. Your breasts change as you go through different stages of your life, so it’s important to learn what’s normal for you.

When breast cancer is detected early, it is easier to treat. That’s why Essentia Health recommends that women at average risk of developing breast cancer have a mammogram every year starting at age 40. You and your doctor may decide that you need mammograms less often after age 75.

Access a wide range of breast imaging services through Essentia Health. Your provider may use breast imaging to detect or diagnose breast disease. Depending on your symptoms and breast density, your provider may recommend:

• Digital mammography.
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• Image-guided breast biopsy.
• Ultrasound-guided breast cyst aspiration.

Anthony Matt is the Media Relations Specialist at Essentia Health.

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Worsening conditions in FS healthcare facilities – report https://mhwwb.org/worsening-conditions-in-fs-healthcare-facilities-report/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/worsening-conditions-in-fs-healthcare-facilities-report/ Republish this story Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license. A new Ritshidze report has revealed the deteriorating state of health care in the Free State, with some patients even having to discontinue their HIV treatment. The reasons for the disappearance are endless. Inadequate staff, filth, long wait […]]]>

A new Ritshidze report has revealed the deteriorating state of health care in the Free State, with some patients even having to discontinue their HIV treatment.

The reasons for the disappearance are endless. Inadequate staff, filth, long wait times, messy filing systems, and patients being turned away due to a lack of transfer letters are just some of the challenges people face when looking for medical services within the province’s public health system.

“Ritshidze” – which means “Save Our Lives” in TshiVenda – was developed by people living with HIV and activists to hold the South African government and aid agencies accountable for improving the overall delivery of HIV services. fight against HIV and tuberculosis.

This report is the second edition which was launched yesterday at a community meeting in Bloemfontein.

Unable to meet needs

He said 79% of facilities again reported being understaffed and unable to meet the needs of public health care users this year.

“The number of vacancies at monitored sites nearly doubled from 26 to 50. And public healthcare users also reported a worse situation with only 16% believing there were enough staff, compared to 36% last year,” said Ndivhuwo Rambau, Ritshidze Project. Officer.

Focus on critical areas

Ritshidze monitoring takes place quarterly in over 400 clinics and community health centers across South Africa.

The Free State report, which covers 29 facilities, focuses on the following:

  • Recruitment
  • Waiting time
  • Conditions of infrastructures and clinics
  • art collection
  • Accessibility of health services for key populations
  • Stock-outs and drug shortages.

“Insufficient staff often means longer waiting times, causing people to arrive early and wait many hours. A total of 80% of public health care users thought waiting times were longer this year. They accused too few staff and staff members of working too slowly,” Rambau said.

Koketso*, a patient who shared her ordeal with Ritshidze, said she often waits all day without success.

“I arrive in the morning and wait all day. Finally, at 4 p.m., they will tell us to come back the next day. That’s why we skip appointments. It’s not acceptable to sit all day,” she said.

The report says that following a sharp increase in the number of vacancies reported in April and May, there has been a slight drop in the number of vacancies.

Staff shortages and transfer letters

“Key positions remain open, creating gaps in the ability to deliver quality services. Currently, 50 positions remain vacant in 10 establishments. The most common vacancies are professional nurses, security guards, pharmacist assistants and cleaners,” Rambau said.

Another key issue revealed is that people living with HIV are being denied antiretroviral (ARV) treatment because they do not have transfer letters.

“Transfer letters are not required in national membership guidelines, but 573 people in the Free State reported being denied access to services since we began collecting this data last October” , says the report.

The report also states: “This represents 16% of all public health users surveyed. But given that most respondents are unlikely to have attempted to transfer services, this continues to point to a much larger issue regarding communication and policies around transfer letters. There were also 645 reports of people being denied access to services because they lacked identification.

According to the report, treatment literacy levels have also declined since last year. Only 76% of people living with HIV understood that an undetectable viral load is good for their health, and only 57% understood that an undetectable viral load means you cannot transmit HIV. This low level of understanding correlates to the fact that only 78% of people living with HIV said a healthcare provider explained their viral load test result, up from 82% last year.

Bad infrastructure and dirt

According to Ritshidze’s observations, only 42% of monitored facilities are in good condition. This is a dramatic drop from 68% last year, and the Free State is the worst performer based on this indicator.

“The most commonly given reasons for what is in poor condition are:

  • No lights or lights not working in some areas of the facility (79% of sites)
  • Broken or cracked roof, walls or floor (57% of sites)
  • Old buildings to renovate (36% of sites) and;
  • Broken furniture (29% of sites)

When it comes to clinic cleanliness, Free State also fared poorly as only 36% of people said clinics were clean and more than a quarter disagreed.

“Sites monitored in the Free State are among the dirtiest compared to other provinces. In addition, the toilets are often in poor condition. 69% of Ritshidze observations still found toilets to be in poor condition, with wide variations between districts,” the report said.

Index Testing Issues

Another worrying factor is the implementation of index testing in the Free State.

“Indexed testing is a case-finding strategy where people living with HIV are asked to disclose their sexual partners so they can be targeted for HIV testing services. It’s always voluntary, but worryingly, 35% of respondents said they refused to give out the contacts. Worse still, only 42% of respondents were not asked about their partner’s risk of violence, despite national guidelines mandating this process,” the report said.

He further pointed out that one area that needs improvement is the state of filing systems. Filing systems and messy files were seen at 50% of sites monitored, up from just 35% last year, and 60% of public health users blamed file loss on long wait times. – Health-e News

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OU health facilities to suspend ‘certain gender medicine services’ https://mhwwb.org/ou-health-facilities-to-suspend-certain-gender-medicine-services/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:54:00 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/ou-health-facilities-to-suspend-certain-gender-medicine-services/ Getty Images/Science Photo Library Medical institutions tied to the University of Oklahoma have agreed to halt what they describe as “certain gender medicine services” in response to pressure from state lawmakers. OU Health released a statement on Tuesday saying it would halt services after lawmakers threatened to withhold up to $108.5 million in federal funding […]]]>
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Medical institutions tied to the University of Oklahoma have agreed to halt what they describe as “certain gender medicine services” in response to pressure from state lawmakers.

OU Health released a statement on Tuesday saying it would halt services after lawmakers threatened to withhold up to $108.5 million in federal funding for the Oklahoma-based Teaching Hospitals Authority and Hospitals Trust. , reported Tulsa World.

Lawmakers have made stopping “medical sex reassignment treatment” for children under 18 a stipulation for medical facilities to receive funds from the US federal bailout law. The law allocated approximately $39.4 million to a children’s behavioral health hospital in Oklahoma City.

“The funding will modernize our technical infrastructure, bring cancer care to the level of the National Cancer Institute in northeast Oklahoma, and enable us to provide the nation’s most advanced hospital and outpatient resources for young people. who need mental and behavioral health care,” OU Health quoted Tulsa World as saying.

“The Legislature limited the use of funds for the benefit of facilities providing certain gender medicine services. The new Mental and Behavioral Health Facility was never intended to provide such care.”

The statement adds that “OU Health’s leadership team is proactively planning to shut down certain gender medicine services at our facilities and that plan is already in the works.”

It’s not immediately clear what “gender medicine services” OU Health has offered and what it will discontinue.

The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has denounced efforts to condition funding on stopping body mutilating sex reassignment procedures and other gender identity clinic services, such as cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers.

ACLU Oklahoma Policy Director Cindy Nguyen said in a statement Tuesday that the effort was an attack on the “bodily autonomy” of LGBT people.

“Transgender youth are part of Oklahoma and they deserve the same privacy, access to treatment, and evidence-based health care from qualified medical professionals as any other Oklahoman,” Nguyen said. .

“This legislation displays fundamental ignorance about the medical treatment of transgender youth and undermines the current recommendations of all major medical associations.”

The Oklahoma legislature is considering a bill that would bar anyone under the age of 21 from having sex reassignment surgeries in Oklahoma.

State Sen. Warren Hamilton, who introduced the bill in the 2021 legislative session but was never heard from, expressed concern about the long-term effects of experimental treatments like puberty blockers and reassignment surgeries.

“My concern is that these procedures and transitions are life changing, and this decision should not be made by those who cannot see the long-term effects of such treatments,” Oklahoma-based Fox 25 quoted Hamilton as saying. City. .

“The problem is that once they become adults, these operations and the effects of hormones simply cannot be undone. My legislation will help safeguard the physical and mental health of a young person who may not fully understand the ramifications lifetime of these treatments and surgeries.”

There has been much national debate in recent years around the ethics of prescribing puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones to children with gender dysphoria, although organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics endorse this practice.

The use of puberty-blocking drugs has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to delay puberty in children with gender dysphoria. Some doctors warn that the use of drugs for this purpose should be considered experimental because the long-term effects have not been thoroughly studied.

Critics accuse the American Academy of Pediatrics of silencing debate on the issue and ignoring evidence from studies that have led some European countries to impose more restrictions on medical transitions for minors.

AAP President Moira Szilagyi argues that the AAP “advises pediatricians to provide developmentally appropriate care that is oriented toward understanding and appreciating the gendered experience of the young person.”

In its policy statement, “Ensuring comprehensive care and support for transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents,” the AAP states that the decision to “initiate gender-affirming treatment is personal and involves careful consideration of the risks, benefits and other factors unique to each patient and family.”

Earlier this month, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health removed a section from its guidelines on the minimum age for children to get puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones or undergo bodily surgeries.

Amy Tishelman, the author of the “Child” chapter in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health 8th Edition Standards of Care guidelines, told WPATH’s annual conference that age guidelines for hormones and “gender-affirming” surgeries have been removed to protect doctors from liability.

“What we didn’t want to do was create a chapter that would make it more likely that practitioners would be sued for not following exactly what we were saying,” she said.

Several detransitioners – people who transitioned to the opposite biological sex and then returned after a regret – spoke of how they felt misled or unable to understand the potential consequences of surgical and hormonal transitions in adolescence and youth. adults.

CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired the stories of detransitioners in a segment earlier this year, prompting considerable pushback from transgender rights groups.

“I wasn’t pushed back enough on the transition. I went on two dates and after the second one I got my letter to go get cross sex hormones,” said a young man by the name of Garrett of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. To display.

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Ayushman Digital Mission: Karnataka Leads in Health Facility Registration https://mhwwb.org/ayushman-digital-mission-karnataka-leads-in-health-facility-registration/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:06:00 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/ayushman-digital-mission-karnataka-leads-in-health-facility-registration/ Karnataka has so far linked the personal health records of almost 1.81 lakh patients on the E-hospital portal Karnataka has so far linked the personal health records of almost 1.81 lakh patients on the E-hospital portal From a mere 124 healthcare professionals verified in its Healthcare Professional Registry (HPR) under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) […]]]>

Karnataka has so far linked the personal health records of almost 1.81 lakh patients on the E-hospital portal

Karnataka has so far linked the personal health records of almost 1.81 lakh patients on the E-hospital portal

From a mere 124 healthcare professionals verified in its Healthcare Professional Registry (HPR) under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) in July, Karnataka is now the first in the country with 25,511 professionals registered in its HPR.

Similarly, with 23,983 health facilities verified under the ABDM, Karnataka now has the second highest number of health facilities in the Health Facility Register (HFR). Uttar Pradesh leads in this category with 28,774 verified installs.

According to the ABDM dashboard launched by the National Health Authority, Karnataka has so far established 88.8 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA). With this, Karnataka is in 12th position in terms of ABHAs created. Out of the total 24.46 crore of ABHAs created in the country, Andhra Pradesh is the highest contributor with 3.41 crore as of Thursday.

With 800 integrators and more than 40 integrated digital health service applications, ABDM aims to digitize healthcare delivery by building an ecosystem that relies on government and private sector collaboration. Under the ABDM, each citizen would be assigned a unique health identity. At the same time, a complete register of all doctors – from subspecialists to general practitioners – will be compiled.

Public hospitals rewarded

State Health Commissioner Randeep D., who is also the state’s ABDM Mission Director, said The Hindu on Wednesday that Karnataka has so far linked personal health records (PHR) of almost 1.81 lakh patients on the E-hospital portal.

“The government-run KC General Hospital, Bengaluru has been awarded the National Health Authority’s ‘Ayushman Utkrishtata Puraskaar’ award for being the best government facility in the country for digitizing the most ABHA-related PHRs. The award was presented during the Arogya Manthan 2022 held in Delhi on Monday,” he said.

“The assessment deadline for the ABDM assessment was September 19 and till then the top three health facilities in India for the PHR linkage were from our state. Besides KC General, Dharwad and Vijayapura district hospitals had the most important links. We haven’t missed a single opportunity to promote interoperability and its benefits to people. Once they witnessed the benefits of digitization, it was easier to get them to understand,” he said.

Private hospitals

“To show the ease of the process to stakeholders, all government health facilities were registered in the first phase. But the main challenge was to push private hospitals to register. We involved the Association of Private Hospitals and Retirement Homes (PHANA) and other specialist associations and told them that they would only be recognized on the digital platform by the ABDM,” the commissioner said.

“We told them that the common ID number for KPME registration renewal, organ transplant license and SAST registration for AB-ArK will be the ABDM healthcare facility ID. And, doctors who want to do that would also be registered. Following this, the registration of private healthcare professionals and institutions increased,” he said.

Challenges

“There is apprehension about privacy and data security. But, we clarify that there is no threat because all these settings are OTP based. In addition to this, multiple platforms for creating and linking PHR and creating/updating health records in Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) are the other challenges we are facing” , he added.

“We are working to raise awareness about PHR through social media and extensive decentralized outreach information, education and communication campaigns,” he added.

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DDC Kupwara reviews status of district health facilities https://mhwwb.org/ddc-kupwara-reviews-status-of-district-health-facilities/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:04:31 +0000 https://mhwwb.org/ddc-kupwara-reviews-status-of-district-health-facilities/ District Development Commissioner (DDC) Kupwara, Doifode Sagar Dattatray today said that healthcare is the top priority of the district administration and advised doctors to uphold the grace of this noble profession. The DDC was addressing a meeting of doctors convened here to review the state of health facilities in the district. Addressing the meeting, SDC […]]]>

District Development Commissioner (DDC) Kupwara, Doifode Sagar Dattatray today said that healthcare is the top priority of the district administration and advised doctors to uphold the grace of this noble profession. The DDC was addressing a meeting of doctors convened here to review the state of health facilities in the district.

Addressing the meeting, SDC said that the health department is a purely professional service where every medical/paramedical staff should provide their best services. He asked them to work with extra effort so that all deliverables can be achieved as an aspirational district.

The meeting held a heated discussion on the health services provided in the hospitals and other health facilities and was informed that the district has a total number of 307 health facilities including one district hospital, 7 SDHs, 33 PHCs, 24 NTPHC and other sub-centres.

The DDC has been informed that in the current fiscal year, so far, 6,51,559 OPD patients and 39,389 IPD patients have received health care facilities in the current fiscal year in the district . While 1231 major operations and 33220 minor operations were carried out during the said period.

Likewise, the meeting was informed that 378554 lab tests, 30173 X-Ray, 14997 USG were performed during the same period. In addition, 3236 institutional deliveries were also performed, including 2035 normal deliveries and 1201 cesarean sections.

He was also informed at the meeting that 1262 dialyses and 3383 CT scans were also carried out in the district.

The meeting also reviewed other health facilities including Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY), financial status of NHM of different components, physical achievements of National Tuberculosis Elimination Program, PMJAY, RBSK and Covid- 19.

The DDC has ordered officers to expand the range of services so that as many people as possible benefit from them. CMO Kupwara, MS District Hospital Handwara, MS SDH Kupwara, JD Planning, Block Medical Officers and other concerned persons attended the meeting.

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