Mafeteng – The Minister of Health, Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane has expressed appreciation over the new equipment donated by the government of the United States through Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation EGPAF.
Speaking during his tour to observe the operation of the Point of Care Early Infant Diagnosis platform at Mafeteng Hospital, the Minister said the equipment is aimed at ensuring that parents and guardians know their children’s HIV and AIDS status from birth.
He said for a long time they had to wait for three months as the country had to send the blood to South Africa due to shortage of important devices intended to improve infant’s lives, and the majority of them died by their first birthday while waiting for results, saying with this new device parents will receive the results only two hours after testing.
Dr. Monyamane added that after introducing test and treat even adults are provided with three months medication with only one pill per day, and healthy HIV and AIDS patients will consult a doctor twice a year.
Speaking at the occasion the Country Implementation Technical Advisory for EGPAF UNITAID Project, Mr. Anafi Mataka stressed the need for all to understand the importance of testing infants for better future healthy life, as treatment is then provided as early as possible.
The District Health Manager, Dr. Sechaba Makiti urged parents and guardians to allow the Ministry to carry out its duty effectively by allowing them to test the children.