‘Don’t shun routine HIV testing’

Kasama General Hospital.

GOVERNMENT has released K2 million for the rehabilitation of Kasama General Hospital in Northern Province.

Provincial medical director Kennedy Chibwe said in an interview recently that the funds will go a long way in giving a facelift to the health institution.
Dr Chibwe said Government released the funds because the hospital is in urgent need of rehabilitation works in some sections for a better health care delivery.
“The government has released K2 million for the rehabilitation works at Kasama General Hospital where some sections are in a deplorable state. The tendering process will start soon,” he said.
Dr Chibwe said plans are underway to upgrade the institution to a central hospital.
“Plans by the government to upgrade the general hospital are there and this is expected to be done soon,” he said.
And Dr Chibwe advised people not to shun the routine HIV testing by avoiding visiting health institutions when they are unwell.
He said it is Government’s policy that everyone undergoes testing for HIV so that treatment can be offered.
“As a province, we are implementing the routine HIV testing in all our health institutions and we will ensure that everyone is tested so that they all know their status and begin treatment. We, therefore, urge people not to shun the health institutions,” Dr Chibwe said.

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