One-stop-shop HIV & Aids facilities key

By Yolanda Moyo

A call has been made for more HIV and AIDS centres of excellence in all parts of the country as Zimbabwe targets to end the epidemic by 2030 in line with United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS.

In its quest to achieve the UNAIDS 2030 target, the National Aids Council is calling on stakeholders to work towards availing centres of excellence offering services to HIV and AIDS patients.

“There is a need to revamp our health facilities in all parts of the country so that we have a set up where people can come and get assisted at one place and having to travel long distances to get help. District hospitals have to be able to offer all services for HIV/AIDS patients just like at referral hospitals. We, therefore, urge relevant stakeholders to work towards facilitating such in all hospitals,” said Dr Bernard Madzima, NAC CEO.

The Mpilo Center of excellence in Bulawayo HIV and AIDS one-stop-shop is one of the pilot centres which have been revamped in the country.

“We have several centres in the country which have a lot of youth-friendly roofs. We offer cancer screening, CD4 count and a youth friendly facility as we aim to make our clients comfortable when they require our service,” said Dr Enerst Chikwati AHF Director.

Zimbabwe has made great strides towards controlling HIV and AIDS after reaching the 90–90–90 targets set by UNAIDS for 2020.