21 February 2019
MINISTER of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo says the introduction of Point of Care technologies such as SAMBA is an immediate game changer for people living with HIV.
Yesterday at Mbuya Nehanda maternity, 10 SAMBA II point-of-care machines for early infant diagnosis and therapy monitoring were donated by Diagnostics for the Real World (DRW).
Speaking during the handover, Dr Moyo said the machines have boosted the morale of health care workers by making it possible to get HIV and viral load results the same day and to act accordingly on the day of testing.
“The portable nature of SAMBA machines allows for testing of HIV in rural clinics, leading to profound benefits for the patients, the community and the health care system as a whole.
“The same portable machines can also test for the level of HIV virus in an individual, which is the gold standard for monitoring adults and children on antiretroviral therapy.
“The SAMBA machines which we are receiving today (yesterday) can perform both early infant diagnosis testing and therapy monitoring.
“We are very grateful that we have partners from Diagnostics for the Real World that are supporting our efforts to increase access to this ground-breaking diagnostic technology,” he said.