Source: Digitised radiology equipment at public hospitals by 2020: Minister – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 11, 2017
HEALTH minister David Parirenyatwa has disclosed that by 2020 all public hospitals would have digitised their radiology services to facilitate screening and diagnosis of TB patients.
BY VENERANDA LANGA
Parirenyatwa told the Senate recently that presently 16 hospitals had digitised radiology equipment.
“Diagnosis is free by microscopy and GeneXpert, but patients, who need to have chest X-rays, may be asked to pay a fee,” he said.
“Currently, 16 hospitals are digitised, but this year we are expecting that an additional 20 machines will be procured with Global Fund support and 12 machines from the Chinese will be commissioned, and by 2020 we expect that all hospitals should have fully digitised radiology services, which will make this service almost free.”
The minister said the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme, which he said had been a success, was being offered at 1 560 sites, reaching 95% coverage from only three sites in 1999.
“This has seen new cases of HIV infections in children reduced in the last two to three decades. As at the end of 2016, mother-to-child transmission of HIV occurring during pregnancy, labour and delivery or post-delivery through breastfeeding in Zimbabwe was down to a rate of 5,2% from a high of 18% in 2011. In the late 1990s it was at a peak of 30%,” Parirenyatwa said.
He said the country had adopted the “treat all” approach, where all people who test positive to HIV would be initiated on anti-retroviral therapy regardless of their CD4 count.
Parirenyatwa said it was worrisome that men were not accompanying their partners for antenatal care, with only 24% of men presented to antenatal care with pregnant women in 2016.