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Hima Health Centre III ART Clinic Operating Without CD4 Count, TB Testing Machines

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.
The ART clinic admnistrator Lydia Musoke told URN that the facility is struggling without key equipments

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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 HIV diagnostics.  

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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 said.

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.

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