By Elizabeth Nyaguyo
Sally Mugabe Hospital Opportunist Infections (IO) is one of the hospitals which has already recorded over 95% viral load suppression rate before 2030.
As the country is running towards achieving the 95 95 95% viral load suppression rate by 2030, Zimbabwe has proven to be one of the countries that has already achieved the rate before 2030.
In an interview with Sly Media during a media tour organized by National AIDS Council (NAC) Doctor Steady Matokwe who is supported by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Zimbabwe said that the hospital has recorded over the expected rate of viral load suppression.
“Our suppression rate is actually above 95% currently so the 5% that we have are those clients that on the second line and most of our patients are in line one but most of them are suppressed,” he said.
He extended his gratification to some of the stakeholders by providing assistance on medicines among other needs to HIV patients.
“As OI we have some partners who are being supported by PEPFAR, community partners and we also have AHF which is also our partner here at OI hospital.
“AHF supports in terms of the whole spectrum and provide HIV testing services kits, condoms and we have human resorts, data officers, nurses and they buy ARVs it is supporting in many ways even the furniture you are sitting on was bought by AHf,” added Matokwe.
He added that the clinic is helping more than 4700 patients who are HIV positive within the facility.
“At this clinic we are taking care of more than 4700 people both children and adults who are HIV positive and for children we have 900 they are not the exact figures I am rounding off.
“We have people we call key populations we say those are sex workers, Men having sex with men, truck drivers those are the people that we see that when carrying out the statistics they are the one who produces the highest number in positivity in terms of HIV,” said Matokwe.