No CD4 count machine at Kabwe General Hospital

The CD4 count machine at Kabwe General Hospital which broke down about two weeks ago has still not been repaired leading to the suspension of the facility indefinitely.

HIV patients whose CD4 count examinations are due are now having their specimen sent to the nearby Kabwe Mine Hospital which is also overwhelmed and cannot cope with the load, some examinations are being suspended indefinitely.

Hospital sources told the Watchdog that for the past two weeks the facility has been suspended at Central province’s largest medical facility and patients were now just made to continue with the drugs without examination, a situation they described as poor HIV management.

“After every six months we are supposed to do a CD4 count to ascertain whether to continue with the line of drugs or to change but without the machine we are just giving them the same ARVs but this is poor HIV management,” said a source.

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