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Let’s get tested

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   July 15, 2019
PIC: Clinic staff and PSU representatives during the launch
The Polytechnic Student Union (PSU) under the Health and Sanitation Department in conjunction with the Polytechnic Clinic on 3rd July launched the HIV self-testing program at the hostel campus Tijede.

The program aims at sensitizing and encouraging students to access HIV self-testing kits from the clinic where by they are at liberty to perform the tests on their own.

According to the out going PSU Health and Sanitation Director Innocent Mndala the program was a response to students’ worries that they feel shy to get tested at the clinic.

“With this new system students are now accessing the HIV testing kits at the clinic without any problems,” Mndala said.

He further said that this intervention will increase the number of students who will be aware of their HIV status hence will be able to make choices about their health and lifestyle.

In addition, on 5th and 6th July the same department jointly with the Blantyre Institute for Community Outreach (BICO) organized an eye screening exercise in WET 6 where students were being screened for various eye problems.

John Chabwera, one of the students who participated in both programs commended the PSU for the efforts it has been making in ensuring that students have access to health services, which they could not afford on their own. 





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