By Philemon Kiprop
Parents and guardians have been advised not to ignore sore throat and tonsils among children below fifteen years of age as the conditions could lead to heart disease complications.
According to Roseanne Nyabera, Cardiac Programme Co-ordinator at the Mater Hospital, most cases of heart complications among children go unnoticed, yet majority of them preventable.
In an exclusive interview with Kajiado County Press, Nyabera said most parents are not aware of tell-tale signs that cause complications of heart disease. Nyabera said rheumatic fever; an illness caused by bacteria called Strep Germ normally presents itself as sore throat affecting many tissues especially the heart.
The Mater Hospital recently organized a free heart screening for rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart diseases where more than 3,000 school children screened, with 150 of them being referred for advanced treatment.