baby after birth.jpgThe Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme in Rushinga District in Mashonaland Central province is yielding positive results as most expecting mothers are going for HIV testing.

Sister-in-Charge of the Family and Child Health Unit at Chimhanda Referral Hospital, Nyarai Mariyano, said all expecting mothers who come for antenatal care at the twelve clinics in the district are being tested.

She said those found HIV positive go for CD4 counts and are given relevant medication and information on PMTCT.

She said the programme, which was revived last year, has seen village health workers going on a massive campaign to educate the community about the benefits of PMTCT.

Sister Mariano however lamented the low participation of men in the programme and encouraged them to be actively involved since child bearing involves both parents.