The Anti-Retroviral Therapy-ART Clinic at Hima Health Center
III in Kasese district lacks essential diagnostic equipment despite serving over
500 active HIV clients.
Lydia Musoki, the head of ART Clinic, says they lack CD4 counting and TB testing machines, which are vital in
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CD4 count helps to establish the strength of
one’s immune system and for people with HIV, the stage of infection. Currently,
the facility sends blood samples and sputum to other facilities in Kasese town
like Kilembe Mines Hospital for testing.
Musoke also notes that sometimes
the results from the samples are misplaced or sent to wrong health facilities.
She appeals to government and development partners help the facility to
get the essential machines.
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Edwin Bagonza, one of the clients told URN that he had to move to Fort portal Regional
Referral hospital after he was told that the facility lacks a machine for
TB testing. "I was referred to test for TB
and I had to do it from Fort portal because there are no such services here,” Bagonza
Dr. Yusuf Baseka, the Kasese District Health Officer confirmed that the
facility is grappling with the absence of essential gadgets. He says they
have engaged ministry of health to provide the equipment though they are yet to
receive a response.