HIV testing at Kisoro hospital, Uganda receives a US $56K boost

Kisoro hospital in western Uganda has opened a new laboratory worth sh150million (US$56,000) that will greatly improve HIV testing in the area.

Kisoro hospital in western Uganda has opened a new laboratory worth sh150million (US$56,000) that will greatly improve HIV testing in the area.

Joseph Nturo, the senior laboratory technician, says they have been sending samples to neighbouring Kabale district for major laboratory examinations such as CD4 counts, haematology tests, renal and liver function tests.

He added: “This would create backlog because they would accommodate only a limited number of samples given that they receive from other facilities. Now we just sit and the patients come. We currently conduct 100 CD4 counts a week, compared to 20 previously.”

Kisoro Hospital is the main referral health facility in the district, which was carved out of Kabale in 1991. It serves an estimated population of 250,800 people including an ever-increasing refugee in-flow from the neighbouring countries of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The laboratory comes courtesy of the PEPFAR/USAID-funded Strengthening TB and HIV/AIDS Response in the South-Western region of Uganda (STAR-SW) project. It is furnished with new machines for CD4 count testing and processing plus hemogram/hematology machines. Other equipment includes an air conditioner to regulate room temperature and a refrigerator.

Dr. Edward Bitarakwate, the country director STAR-SW, says the laboratory has been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to match the testing requirements of a district referral health facility.

“We comprehensively remodelled the laboratory infrastructure to create more space, a reception room/waiting area, and laboratory store. All this was completed in November 2012”, says Dr. Bitarakwate.

“We are also going to facilitate the hospital with a motorbike and rider to transport samples from other facilities to the hub and to return results quickly”, he added.

 

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    Moses Kirigwajjo Nsaire 5 years

    Hope, I just wonder about the sustainability plan for all these projects which are donor dependent. These are all good results but life after withdrawal??

    Moses