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FIGHT against HIV/AIDS in Embu receives a boost from USAID

 On Tuesday, Governor Martin Wambora-led Embu County received a donation of assorted Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment worth Sh. 9 million to support HIV services from United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

EMBU County Chief Officer for Health Mary Munene launches HIV monitoring equipment donated by the USAID.  Photo/BRIAN MUSYOKA
 

The equipment donated under USAID’s County-level service delivery program, Jamii Tekelezi, included desktop computers, laptops, internet servers, projectors and external hard drives are set to introduce and expand use of electronic medical recording in 22 health facilities.

The shift to electronic recording according to Jamii Tekelezi Program Chief Patron Dr. Mutugi Muriithi is set to herald a new dawn in HIV/AIDS management as it will enable health care providers to obtain real time data for good and timely decision making.

Paperless system

“One of the benefits accruing from the paperless system is that you will be able to retrieve past patient information in real time and incorporate it in terms of decision making,” the officer said.

Speaking during the equipment handing over ceremony in Embu town, Dr. Muriithi said the system will also go a long way in case surveillance as well as understanding specific needs of each and every patient with regard to medical interventions that need to be taken.

Embu is regarded as a Low Incident County in terms of HIV/AIDS prevalence with 10, 929 people living with the disease representing a prevalence rate of 2.3 percent according to statistics from the Department of Health.

Majority of the patients have been put on necessary antiretroviral treatment and have achieved desired viral suppression according to County HIV Activities Coordinator Daniel Gicovi.

County Chief Officer of Health Mary Munene applauded the gesture saying the system will go a long way in making their work more efficient in tracking the progress of patients and ensure proper care and treatment is administered.

STORY By BRIAN MUSYOKA, EDITED By MUSYOKA NGUI

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