United States embassy officials commended Binga Hospital for quality service delivery in the areas of infection control, prevention and improved quality of HIV care.
“I saw a very impressive triaging system whereby patients who are either suspected or confirmed to have tuberculosis are immediately isolated from other patients and brought in on a priority basis in particular areas,” said Shirish Balachandra, HIV Treatment and Care Medical Officer at CDC-Zimbabwe. “I was very impressed with the availability of water and soap; as the hospital has a contingency plan to make sure that water is always available, there is also very good signage and ventilation. When you are coming into the hospital you should be coming to get better, and not to get sicker.”
Balachandra had accompanied Ambassador Bruce Wharton on a tour of various US funded initiatives in the district last Wednesday.
With funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar), CDC- Zimbabwe is working with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to implement projects in quality improvement for HIV care in many sites including Binga District Hospital. Through partnerships with the Health Qual International ,and the the Biomedical Research and Training Institute, CDC- Zimbabwe support ensures that people stay on treatment and attend their visits as scheduled in an effort to reduce the rate of transmission.
Binga district is home to approximately 9,300 people living with HIV, based on the country’s 2013 National HIV estimates. Of these, 5,070 are on anti-retroviral therapy.
Hospital officials told the visiting diplomats that the hospital had 665 opportunistic infections clients and attends to 25 of these patients each day. Binga district is currently home to 9 people with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis; of these 5 are receiving treatment at Binga District Hospital.The hospital has managed to put all patients on an electronic database.
Ambassador Wharton praised hospital staff, led by Dr Sijabule Ndlovu, Binga District Medical Officer, for their dedication. He commended the hospital for clearly indicating to patients at the entrance the expected waiting duration at each treatment unit at the hospital. “That’s something I will take away and share with other medical centers including in the United States,” remarked Ambassador Wharton at the conclusion of the tour.
Good infection prevention and control practice is a critical component of quality and safe health care delivery. In 2013, CDC-Zimbabwe supported Zimbabwe’s health ministry in launching the National Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidelines. The guidelines are meant to strengthen infection control practices in health care facilities nationwide to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis (TB), among patients and staff. – ZimPAS © March 24, 2015