A Comparison of Helicobacter Pylori Prevalence at a Kenyan Rural Community to the National Prevalence

Strengthening Primary Healthcare and Response to Epidemics requires a strategic build-up of epidemiological data from bottom up before Big Data is available in healthcare to inform public health interventions. It is the reason RockHealth Integrated Care Org implements this project across Kenya. Collaborations and partnerships are equally important in establishing a robust foundation on which evidence-based approaches will be based. This journey has seen an integrated medical team travelling into thickets and bushes in marginalized communities in a bid to improve healthcare facilities and in turn improve primary healthcare facilities through this approach.

The pertinence that underscores epidemiology as an important tool in establishing public health interventions towards Helicobacter pylori can not be overestimated.  Implementation of preventive interventions for pathology associated with H. pylori: gastritis, gastric ulcers and gastric cancer, is largely dependent on having sufficient data.3 In Kenya, such interventions are in dire need of an evidence-based approach to the eradication of H. pylori as the current national prevalence rate is 73.3% children and 54.8% adults and  56% in rural Kenyans.4 This prevalence rate was based on a study done at a hospital gastroenterology group in an urban area of central Kenya. 696 dyspeptic people participated. Is their study truly reflective of the Nation?…”

In this research study, authors include Dr. Kenya I. Sekoni, MD, FAAFP, from Michigan State University, Dr. Neil Pitts, PharmD, from University of the Sciences, Pennsylvania, USA, Mussa Maingu, MS, from Grand Valley State University, USA, Dr. Titus Muhu Kahiga, PharmD, MPharm, MPSK, from School of Medicine Kenyatta University and Temmy Brotherson, MS III, Michigan State University and Dr. Hakeem R. Kiboi, BPharm, AFRCS, the CEO RICO. 

This project intends to carry on the research in other communities with environmental factors proving to predispose to H. pylori infections including low level of sanitation and findings will be availed on this website once publication has been done.

 

 

 

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