Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health has rolled out 100 Pima Point of Care Machines for the National Scale Up of the Early Infant Diagnosis and Viral Load testing.
The exercise was done under the theme, ‘Every Child Deserves a Chance to Start Life HIV-free’.
“We received 100 m-PIMA Point of Care Machines for Early Diagnosis and Viral Load testing for HIV/AIDS among infants, on reagent-rental model. This will enable early detection and management of HIV positive infants in unfortunate cases of Mother to Child transmission,” said Dr. Atwine.
The machines are going to be deployed in different hard to reach facilities in the upcountry communities where they will also be used in health outreaches for random sampling and testing if need arises.
Dr. Atwine also called upon the responsible stakeholders to boost the working conditions of health care givers as per the commemoration of the World Patients Safety Day.
“We are here to commiserate the world patient safety day; which is not only for the patient, but also the care giver. We are remembering and reflecting on what we need to do to ensure that our health workers continue to work in an environment that protects, nurtures, understands and helps them to grow,” she said.
A case in point, she stated, is how health workers continue to get infected with the prevailing Covid-19 while they do their duty as care givers.
“We know that a number of our health workers have had infections but they also have to take responsibility to ensure that they have a safe environment,” said Atwine adding that the government is willing to support health workers more during the pandemic to bring forth a healthy nation.
“We commit, as government, to ensure supporting our health workers. We shall endeavour at all times to provide them with equipment in time with quality and in quantity depending on our ability to support them,” she emphasised.