SERHA receives a $ 12-m HIV test unit


KINGSTON, Jamaica – The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has been assigned a mobile phone virus (HIV) test unit, worth more than $ 12 million.

The unit was awarded by the United States Association for International Development (USAID) under the United States State Security Plan for the Relief AIDS program (PEPFAR), and bringing it to five, the total number of units mobile trial in the Ministry of Health.

The bus is equipped with countertops, zinc and seating range screened to undertake consultation sessions. It has also been re-integrated with an inverter unit to empower frost.

At a recent Bustamante Hospital event for Thursday's clan, the Minister for Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, thanked for the donation.

He said that the mobile units have contributed to the capacity of health workers to move across the country and into communities, and to provide the test machine effectively to the people, rather than to & # 39; bringing people into the health facilities.

"The introduction of buses has led to a significant increase in HIV testing. Its first integrated buses were introduced in 2010 and from that time we have up to 18,000 tests on the mobile units every year. We expect, by adding to this unit, that we will see even more people who have the opportunity to & # 39 ; get an appropriate test and, with extension, appropriate remedy or public education beyond that, "he said.

Tufton noted that more people from graduates were promoted through their tests, diagnostic devices in HIV management and treatment.

"This is an essential part of controlling the disease, because by knowing about your status you know exactly how to prevent it being converted, and also if it is banned, how to control your virus and to improve the quality of life, "he said.

At the same time, CountryID Representative, Jason Fraser, commented that case estimates and surveys show that around 34,000 Jamaica have a " live with HIV. However, about 22 per cent of those people do not know the status.

Most of these issues are available in St James, Kingston and St Andrews and St Catriona. Fraser said there are 576 females and 621 males, with the highest number between 20 and 59.

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