Neurology​

Our highly trained and experienced team of specialist doctors supported by ultra-modern technology strive to ensure excellent and safe care for patients with neurological conditions. 

In May 2021, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi was accredited as a centre of excellence for the management of Acute Primary Stroke, becoming the first hospital in Africa to achieve this certification.  

The accreditation was granted by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the recognized global leader in health quality standards, following a rigorous Clinical Care Program Certification (CCPC) audit conducted in May 2021. In line with this accreditation, AKUH,N has adopted international standards that provide for standardisation of care for Acute Primary Stroke and continuous evaluation of health outcomes.

Our section of neurology prides in offering the following services;

  • A multi-disciplinary team that provides comprehensive holistic care to our patients.
  • A robust inpatient consult service.
  • A daily outpatient clinic including a Saturday clinic to accommodate our working patients.
  • We accept referrals from all over the country and from neighboring countries.
  • A patient support group to help our patient manage their disease process and provide an outlet for therapeutic discussions. 

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Telephone contact: +254 (0) 709 931 487 or +254 (0) 20 366  2029/1487

 

Meet our Doctors​​

Dilraj Singh Sokhi, BMedSci (Hons), MBChB(Hons), MRCP(UK)(Neurology), FRCP(Edin)

Assistant Professor
Dr Sokhi is the Section Head of Neurology. He completed both his undergraduate MBChB and an intercalated research degree BMedSci on brain imaging with first-class honours from the University of Sheffield in 2005. He received his MRCP (Neurology) Specialty Certificate Royal College of Physicians (RCP) UK in 2013 and is a registered consultant neurologist. He was an academic clinical fellow and contributed to basic sciences research in motor neuron disease. During his clinical neurology training he developed interests in epilepsy, infections of the nervous system, and postgraduate neurology training and has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals on these topics. 

Dr Sokhi joined the AKU faculty in 2016 and leads a team of 4 neurologists, managing and providing both outpatient ambulatory services and inpatient case management. The neurology clinic sees 600 patients a month, and a Saturday clinic is also run for the convenience of clients. Typical hospital admissions include a caseload of 100 inpatients a month with 24/7 neurology on-call coverage throughout the year. Dr. Sokhi and his team manage conditions such as:

  • Headache disorders including migraine
  • Epilepsy and other causes of loss of consciousness
  • Spinal and peripheral nerve disorders
  • Muscle disorders including myasthenia
  • Parkinsons disease and related disorders
  • Dementia including Alzheimers disease
  • Neuro-inflammation including multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebrovascular disease including stroke
  • Dizziness and symptoms of being off-balance
  • Neurological infections including meningitis and encephalitis
  • Disorders of facial nerves including vision and speech.
​Since joining the AKUH,N, Dr. Sokhi has successfully implemented many initiatives to improve patient care and postgraduate training. He is the lead for the acute stroke care pathway in the hospital which has been officially launched, and will be applying for international accreditation of the pathway. He has also upgraded the neurophysiology capabilities (EEG, nerve conduction studies), a big part of which is the first EEG telemetry and sleep study lab in the region to help manage patients with epilepsy and sleep disorders. Dr. Sokhi is also the East Africa Lead for the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and with his leadership has made the AKU Medical College the first international postgraduate MRCP(UK) examinations centre in sub-Saharan Africa for the benefit of the education and training of all doctors in the region. 

Dr Sokhi ​is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Aga Khan University in Nairobi. Read more about him HERE


Sylvia Mbugua, MBChB, MMed
Senior Instructor

Dr Sylvia Mbugua graduated from the University of Nairobi with a MBChB degree in 2000 and an MMed degree in Internal Medicine in 2008. She underwent Neurology Training as part of the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, UK and graduated in 2017.​

Dr Mbugua’s research interests focus on epilepsy in Kenyans and stroke outcomes, but publishes on a wide range of clinically important topics in Nairobi. 

She engages with the public in various forums and media to demystify neurological diseases. She provides specific treatment for headache disorders such as greater occipital nerve blocks. 

Dr Mbugua​ ​is also a Senior Instructor​ of Neurology at Aga Khan University in Nairobi. Read more about her HERE

Herman Ojuma Ekea, MBChB, MMed, FCN (South Africa)
Senior Instructor

Dr Herman Ekea completed his MBChB degree at the University of Nairobi in 2005 and graduated with an MMed degree in Internal Medicine at Aga Khan University in 2012. He completed a fellowship in Neurology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa in 2019, and is a Fellow of the College of Neurologists of South Africa. 

Dr Ekea’s main areas of interest are clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular diseases, and provides neurotoxin treatments for these disorders. 

He is an active member of the Neurological Society of Kenya, Kenyan Association of physicians and the International Parkinsonism and Movement Disorder Society.

Dr Ekea ​is also a Senior Instructor of Neurology at Aga Khan University in Nairobi. Read more about him HERE