By Paidamoyo Chipunza 7/08/18 pg 4
A senior official in the Ministry of Health and Child Care said that babies born to HIV positive mothers will be tested at birth and immediately initiated on anti-retroviral drugs should they test positive. Previously exposed babies were tested after six weeks of birth. The new arrangement follows the release of new treatment and management of HIV guidelines by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the just-ended International AIDS Conference that took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dr Angela Mushavi of the Ministry of Health and Child Care said following the installation of the 100 Samba 11 point of care machines at various district hospitals across the country, HIV testing of babies as soon as they are born must not be a challenge and the emphasis is on the early infant diagnosis and treatment. She continued to say that they were waiting for approvals to enable them to start the process and they hope to get the approvals before the end of September.