Ministry Appreciates Achap, U.S Help (allAfrica.com)

| September 8, 2015

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ms Shenaaz El Halabi, has commended the United States government and African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) for their technical and financial support.

Ms El Halabi said this at an event in which ACHAP and the US handed over 13 four module GeneXpert instruments, 10 single porta cabins for the TB care services, seven diatoms, with 50 diathermy machines and 10 PIMA POC instruments to the department of HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

She said Tuberculosis and HIV were still major public health concern in the country and as such it was important for her ministry to make sure that they diagnosed and treat it immediately.

“To achieve this, it is important that we have appropriate technology. The ministry is emphasising a lot more on prevention and also treating more as treatment was also prevention on itself,” she said.

She thanked the US for having found Botswana as befitting partner to push forward global health. Ms El Halabi highlighted maintenance as the challenges in the usage of the equipment and thanked them for the maintenance certificate that would give allowance for future maintenance of the equipment.

She particularly encouraged the organisations to keep monitoring so as to make sure that the machines were fully utilised.

On his part, the ACHAP chief executive officer, Dr Jerome Mafeni exclaimed that their contribution was part of the wider support to the ministry in ensuring quality health provisions for all Batswana.

“This is a continuation of the many other previous handing over ceremonies to donate equipment and supplies to the MOH, to further improve services access and delivery to the beneficiary populations.

The 13 GeneXpert instruments were purchased and installed at designated sites among 12 health districts from October 2012 to June 2013. BOPA

Source : BOPA

Category: Medical/Health Care

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