More ART-administering clinics for Bulawayo

Thursday, 30 March 2017  Radio Dialogue

BULAWAYO - Ministry of Health and Child Care in conjunction with the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has increased the number of clinics providing Anti-Retroviral (ART) treatment in Bulawayo.

The clinics received a donation of three Human Immune Virus/ Opportunistic Infection Pre-Fabricated Porta Cabins to increase access to Anti-Retroviral Therapy in the city.

Acting Director of Health Services Dr Edwin Sibanda said the donation will go a long way in ensuring that services are brought closer to the community.

“This is in line with Ministry of Health and Child Care objective to attain the 90-90-90 strategy by 2020 in order to end AIDS by 2030,” said Dr Sibanda.

“The strategy is about 90 percent of all HIV positive people to know their status, 90 percent of those who know their status to be on ART therapy and 90 percent of those on antiretroviral therapy to be virally suppressed.”

BCC said it also benefited from the construction of patients waiting sheds in clinics.

“The council has also further benefited from the construction of waiting sheds for patients suffering from Tuberculosis at Cowdray Park, Princess Margaret Rose, Dr Shenman and Pelandaba clinics,” said BCC in a statement.

The council said the project also saw the partitioning and refurbishment of TB rooms at the clinics to improve ventilation.

“The improvements will ensure controls of TB transmission among patients and staff,” said the council.

“Ministry of Health and Child Care, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union constructed patients waiting sheds through funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”

Recently Bulawayo experienced an increase of about 12 percent in the number of people receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) at the local clinics.

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