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‘Mobile clinics improve adherence to ART’

By LINDA NYONDO
MINISTRY of Health ARV programme coordinator Albert Mwango says the introduction of mobile clinics has helped to improve adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART).
Dr Mwango said officers from the Ministry of Health are able to retain 80 per cent of the patients enrolled on ART.
“The adherence of patients on ART is higher with those receiving services from mobile clinics than those receiving services in static sites,” Dr Mwango said.
Speaking during the official opening of a meeting to track progress on national mobile ART services in
Zambia, Dr Mwango said health care providers are able to reach out to people in rural areas during the rainy season when the terrain is unfavourable to the use of field vehicles.
The Ministry of Health ensures that patients in flood prone areas are given enough supplies during the rainy season.
And Ministry of Health deputy director for clinical care and diagnostic services Lisulo Walubita said about 2,000 people are receiving ART services through mobile clinics.
And Nancy Siame reports that Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Management Programme (CHAMP) managing director Rosanna Sammon has called on the media to raise awareness about issues that affect the public.
And Ms Sammon says the organisation, through its toll-free line for those seeking counselling services on health and social issues, has received over two million phone calls since its inception in 2012.
She said at a media briefing held at Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka yesterday that the media have the responsibility of raising awareness on issues that affect the public to help people make informed decisions.
“The media is very crucial because without it, we cannot reach out to the community,” she said.
Ms Sammon said the public is always desperate for information and it is up to the media to provide the required information.
She said there are a lot of gender-based issues which need to be brought out in the open so that victims can be helped.
She said the confidential 24-hour toll-free line has received calls, mostly from male persons aged between 15 and 29 in urban areas.
Ms Sammon said 63,000 have also signed up for the U-Report short message system (SMS) seeking counselling services.

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