Over 500,000 people tested for HIV/AIDS in Kisumu County

By Soko Directory Team / July 14, 2018



drugs

By Valerian Khakayi

 

Swiss-based healthcare company (Roche) has unveiled a new molecular HIV/AIDS testing machine “dubbed” Viral load test at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Kisumu County.

The Cobas 8800 instrument which cuts waiting time in viral load measurement has helped increase the number of HIV/AIDS tests in Kisumu County to more than a half million representing a 53percent surge in tests since the installation of the latest molecular testing instrument in 2016.

The machine can handle up to 960 samples within 8-hours.

Viral load test assesses the progression of HIV in the body as well as managing person’s HIV therapy and determines whether the patient needs to change the current treatment or not.

“Viral load measurement is vital to assess the impact of HIV treatment efforts and is recommended by WHO as the primary methodology for monitoring response to treatment,” said Dr. Maxwell Majiwa, the HIV Research Laboratory Director at KEMRI Kisumu.

Adding that the recommendation is based on research demonstrating that viral suppression is associated with decreased HIV disease progression and mortality among people living with HIV. Viral load test requires an accurate, specific, efficient and reliable diagnostic equipment, with high throughput to handle a larger volume of samples and give results within the shorter time period for timely patient management.

Dr.Majiwa further noted that the Roche Diagnostic system has since last year helped KEMRI manage over 500, 000 viral tests with the Cobas equipment handling 90percent of these.

“Roche Diagnostics has impacted over a million people since its inception, and through our partnership, we have demonstrated the importance of all stakeholders playing a part in ensuring that our mothers, sisters, and daughters have the opportunity to fight and win the war against HIV/AIDS and other related ailments”, said Dr. Majiwa.

Richard Kyania, Roche Diagnostics Kenya Manager said, “Two years ago about 51percent of people living with HIV/AIDS had suppressed viral loads and within a year the percentage had gone up to 79percent, meaning that the country is on the right track to meeting the UNAIDS 90:90:90 goals.”

“The UNAIDS  goals targets by 2020, 90 percent of people living with HIV will know they have the virus, 90 percent of those who know they are infected  will receive sustainable antiretroviral treatment, and 90 percent of those people on treatment to have sustainable suppression of their virus, “ said Mr. Kyania

According to Mr. Kyania, the Cobas 8800 examination already shows 79percent of the people living with HIV have suppressed Viral Loads which clearly shows that Kenya is on track to achieve the last 90 in UNAIDS.

Counties around the lake region of Nyanza do experience the highest number of HIV infections, placing Kisumu at 12percent nationally, just behind Homa Bay which stands at 15percent, according to a report by Kenya Aids Strategic framework.



About Soko Directory Team

Soko Directory is a Financial and Markets digital portal that tracks brands, listed firms on the NSE, SMEs and trend setters in the markets eco-system.Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/SokoDirectory and on Twitter: twitter.com/SokoDirectory

View other posts by Soko Directory Team


More Articles From This Author








Other Related Articles










SOKO DIRECTORY & FINANCIAL GUIDE

ARCHIVES

2019
  • January 2019 (256)
  • February 2019 (216)
  • March 2019 (285)
  • April 2019 (254)
  • May 2019 (272)
  • June 2019 (252)
  • July 2019 (340)
  • August 2019 (226)
  • 2018
  • January 2018 (291)
  • February 2018 (219)
  • March 2018 (278)
  • April 2018 (225)
  • May 2018 (238)
  • June 2018 (178)
  • July 2018 (257)
  • August 2018 (249)
  • September 2018 (256)
  • October 2018 (287)
  • November 2018 (284)
  • December 2018 (187)
  • 2017
  • January 2017 (183)
  • February 2017 (195)
  • March 2017 (207)
  • April 2017 (104)
  • May 2017 (169)
  • June 2017 (205)
  • July 2017 (190)
  • August 2017 (195)
  • September 2017 (186)
  • October 2017 (235)
  • November 2017 (253)
  • December 2017 (266)
  • 2016
  • January 2016 (165)
  • February 2016 (165)
  • March 2016 (190)
  • April 2016 (143)
  • May 2016 (246)
  • June 2016 (183)
  • July 2016 (271)
  • August 2016 (249)
  • September 2016 (234)
  • October 2016 (191)
  • November 2016 (243)
  • December 2016 (153)
  • 2015
  • January 2015 (1)
  • February 2015 (4)
  • March 2015 (166)
  • April 2015 (109)
  • May 2015 (117)
  • June 2015 (121)
  • July 2015 (150)
  • August 2015 (157)
  • September 2015 (189)
  • October 2015 (170)
  • November 2015 (174)
  • December 2015 (208)
  • 2014
  • March 2014 (2)
  • 2013
  • March 2013 (10)
  • June 2013 (1)
  • 2012
  • March 2012 (7)
  • April 2012 (15)
  • May 2012 (1)
  • July 2012 (1)
  • August 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (2)
  • December 2012 (1)
  • 2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    1964
    1963
    1962
    1961
    1960
    1959
    1958
    1957
    1956
    1955
    1954
    1953
    1952
    1951
    1950