Rural Ugandan health centre still lacking CD4 machine

Kumi Health Centre IV in eastern Uganda is still short of a CD4 machine, a critical machine that allows clinicians to know when to start people living with HIV on life saving antiretroviral therapy.

Kumi Health Centre IV in eastern Uganda is still short of a CD4 machine, a critical machine that allows clinicians to know when to start people living with HIV on life saving antiretroviral therapy.

Helen Alupo, the health in charge, says currently the health facility relies on support from the AIDS Support Organization (TASO) to deliver blood samples to Atutur hospital for HIV screening.

When someone has HIV, knowing their CD4 count helps determine the stage of HIV infection and progression of the virus. It will also help guide drug choices and indicate how a person is responding to treatment.

Godfrey Mafabi Ag, manager of TASO Soroti, said a “massive effort” is underway to enable the health facility to acquire a CD4 machine in the near future.

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