The Heart and Cancer Centre at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi has been named the Jimmy Sayani Building in honour of its sponsors, the family of the late Jimmy Sayani. Their magnanimous gift brings the opportunity of world-class care combined with specialty medical education and research to Kenya and the region; and advances the University Hospital’s goal to provide high quality, international standard treatment for the full spectrum of heart and cancer conditions.
The ceremony, held on February 15, 2012, was attended by Ms Parin Shariff, Ms Nazlin Jetha and Ms Yasmin Janmohamed, the daughters of the late Mr Sayani, along with Ms Asmita Gillani, CEO, AKUH, N, Mr Firoz Rasul, President, AKU and a number of other guests.
The Centre, the very first of its kind in the sub-Saharan region, consists of a new 5-storey building with 5 operating theatres, 23 intensive care beds including a cardio-thoracic intensive care unit and a separate coronary care intensive unit and 2 radiation therapy units for cancer treatment. It also houses a modern maternity wing, complete with its own theatre, labour, delivery and recovery suites and the first water birth pool in the region.
Since its inauguration, the Heart and Cancer Centre’s specialists have performed nearly 30 open-heart surgeries, including the first aortic aneurysm repair, and the first keyhole surgery to repair a faulty mitral valve in the region. Nearly 1,000 radiation therapy sessions to treat cancer have also been completed.
Forty per cent of the patients treated at the Centre have been provided with welfare assistance in keeping with the Aga Khan University Hospital’s mission to provide access to quality health care to all.