In line with our mandate to ensure equitable access to health services in Zambia, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is participating in this year’s National Health Week.
The Health Week, whose theme is “Healthy for All, Leaving No One Behind” was officially opened by the Republican President, Edgar Lungu on Tuesday at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
CIDRZ is providing services at the OYDC which include: HIV Testing, ART clinic, cervical cancer screening, TB screening using Gen Xpert Machine, adolescent HIV Testing and information dissemination, and recruitment of study participants for the HIV Vaccine Trials.
All this is with support from the United States (U.S.) President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and it’s partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Stop TB Partnership | TB REACH; MAC AIDS Fund; and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
During the launch, President Lungu commended CIDRZ for offering mobile TB screening services and urged the ministry to procure such digital X-Ray machines for outreach purposes.
“It’s impressive to see a mobile X-Ray truck and I am happy that you are going in the community to screen people for TB. It will be a good idea for the Ministry of Health to purchase such mobile X-Ray machines for all our communities,” President Lungu said.
CIDRZ TB Clinical Care Specialist, Dr Mary Kagujje was on hand to give insights to the President on the services offered by CIDRZ.