HIV/AIDS medical training facility opens in Kampala

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thanks to an alliance between African and Western experts in infectious diseases, African health providers are soon to start benefiting from an ultra modern medical training centre to be based in Kampala, Uganda.
In a statement issued in Nairobi, the Academic Alliance for Aids Care in Africa said the centre, officially launched Monday, would train African medical personnel in the latest technologies and bring the highest standards of care to patients, including anti-retroviral drugs.
The move, experts say, could revolutionise treatment for the 25 million HIV infected people on the continent.
"Our goal is to strengthen medical infrastructure and replicate it across Africa and acquire sources of the latest drugs so that African doctors and nurses can offer modern AIDS care to their patients," said Dr Nelson Sewankambo, member of the Academic Alliance and the Dean of the Makerere University Medical School.
The Alliance says it chose Kampala for the centre because the Ugandan government had demonstrated great political will to combat AIDS.
The centre plans to train some 80 medics per year in the latest AIDS techniques.
The practitioners would then return to their posts in Uganda and other African countries to train more doctors and medical personnel.
The plan, which is to train 8 to 10 doctors per session, would also treat up to 50,000 HIV/AIDS patients with the latest practices that work well in wealthy countries but are not readily available in Africa because of cost and lack of infrastructure.

11 june 2001 22:14:00

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