The Limpopo Division of Well being says nurses who full a specialist programme are an necessary weapon within the combat towards HIV/Aids.
About 600 nursing college students who accomplished the Nurse Initiated Administration of Anti-Retroviral Remedy (NIMART) programme in June have been honoured by Well being MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba in Polokwane.
NIMART presents complete coaching for nurses working with HIV-positive sufferers, instructing them methods to settle for, diagnose and handle the sufferers.
In keeping with the provincial division, the programme has transferred HIV-positive sufferers from hospitals to native major well being care amenities, which implies sufferers are actually capable of accumulate medicine at their native clinics.
The programme performs a major position in rising the life expectancy of HIV-positive sufferers and has helped make ARVs accessible at universities, schools, correctional companies amenities and non-medical websites within the province.
The Limpopo division stated three,787 nurses have accomplished the NIMART programme because it was launched in 2010.
The division’s spokesperson Neil Shikwambane stated the programme was the brainchild of the nationwide Division of Well being “to coach nurses so they’re higher geared up to deal with HIV instances in our hospitals”.
MEC Ramathuba stated Limpopo was heading in the right direction in testing and initiating HIV remedy to these affected by the virus.
An edited model of this story was printed by Health24.