$4 million for hospital-acquired infections

The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has earmarked $4 million for a five-year Infection Prevention and Control programme.

The US Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention Director in Zimbabwe, Peter Kilmarx, said healthcare workers and patients were at high risk for tuberculosis.

“Health care workers are also at risk of infection due to injury from contaminated needles,” Kilmarx said.

The CDC funded Zimbabwe Infection Prevention and Control Project is now in its second year of implementation and has completed a curriculum development and pre-service and in-service training for hundreds of health care workers.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Brigadier General, Gerald Gwinji, said the government took over a decade of thorough consultation to come up with the IPC guidelines.

“It is hoped that the dissemination of the guidelines will provide the much needed reference and tool for IPC planning, capacity building and practice in all health care facilities,” he said.

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