Strides achieved by the government in the fight against HIV and AIDS are set to be complemented with the procurement of 100 HIV viral load testing machines called Samba Two as well as training of local medical scientists.

In a bid to fill the technological gap in local medical facilities, the government has introduced 100 new viral load machines.

The simple nucleic acid implication based machines are being complemented by training of 25 medical scientists from several districts nationwide representing each province with some coming from as far as Binga, Chiredzi and Hurungwe.

The training is being conducted by officials from the company that invented the machine called diagnostics for the real world.

The trained group is the first to be enrolled in Africa putting Zimbabwe on the lead.

President and Chief Executive Officer for Diagnostics for the Real World Dr Helen Lee noted that the machine is the latest viral load testing technology which detects HIV infection and measures the level of the virus in the blood stream monitoring the efficacy of medication on users.

Trainees from several provinces around the country said the latest technology will bring convenience and ease of doing business at their medical centres, while patients will be able to know if the medication that they are taking is being effective.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Brigadier General (Retired) Dr Gerald Gwinji speaking on behalf of his minister noted that the introduction of the new machine will enable medical facilities to be efficient in their service delivery.

The point of care nucleic viral load machine was developed by the University of Cambridge in partnership with Diagnostics for the Real World and the machines are specifically for resource limited settings.

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