Four government referral hospitals are set to receive CD4 count machines from National AIDS Council (NAC) using funds they acquired from the fiscus.
Of the four CD4 count machines that were acquired by NAC, two have already been installed at the Harare Central hospital and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.
The machines are set to improve service delivery at the countryâ€™s major hospitals as the situation there had reached a critical stage as the machines were now operating at low capacity.
Harare hospital Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist, Mr. Lazarus Zawaira said the only machine that was at the government institution had a capacity to test only a few specimens and this was creating a backlog causing some patients to wait for at least eight months before going on anti-retroviral treatment.
Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister, Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the move by NAC to equip the countryâ€™s major referral hospitals is a welcome move as the new CD4 count machines have the capacity to test 400 specimens per day.
â€œThe move by NAC is a welcome one since this is going to improve service delivery at major referral hospitals,â€ said Dr Mombeshora.
Questions have been raised over the way funds acquired from the AIDS levy were being used.
However, National Aids Council Chief Executive Officer, Dr Tapuwa Magure said all the four machines are worth about $500 000 and more machines are going to be purchased and distributed to all the countryâ€™s hospitals.
Recently the World Health Organisation revised the CD4 count that is recommended for people who are HIV positive to take antiretroviral from 200 to 350.