Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Life saving HIV laboratory for infants launched

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Simon Kivamwo

Hardly a week to go before Tanzania marks World's AIDS Day (Stop AIDS: Leadership), another step towards fighting the pandemic was recorded this weekend in Mwanza when a new laboratory, able to carry out early infant HIV diagnosis (EID) using dried blood spot (DBS) was launched at Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) by the Minister responsible for Health and Social Affairs Prof. David Mwakyusa. Correspondent Simon Kivamwo witnessed the event and narrates further.

This laboratory is the first of its kind in Tanzania and will be able to detect HIV infection in children as young as four weeks of age.

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