Ministry receives HIV, syphyllis test kits PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 December 2016 19:19

10 000 bioline HIV and syphyllis duo rapid test kits to screen pregnant women were handed over this Friday (today) to the Ministry of Health and Child Care in the capital.

The kits are expected to allow detection and faster initiation of appropriate therapies.

As the Ministry of Health and Child Care is targeting the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and congenital syphillis diseases that can be passed on to the unborn baby if the mother is infected, the donated kits will make it easier and cheaper to test pregnant women for both diseases.

Permanent secretary in the health ministry Dr Gerald Gwinji says innovative diagnostic products have revolutionised the way care is provided to clients.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care recently launched the 'start Free Stay Free' AIDS framework underscoring governments commitment to the elimination mother to child transmission of HIV.

Results of the Zimbabwe population-based HIV impact assessment show that among adults aged 15 to 64 years in three percent of females and 2.4 percent of males have been infected with syphilis.

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