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Hwange National Park , Zimbabwe to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment faster . This will ultimately save lives ,” she said .
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was transformed into a new standalone microbiology laboratory . The laboratory was provided with new equipment , such as an automated blood culture machine . Blood cultures have always been a critical tool in the management of life-threatening conditions like septicemia , enteric fever , infective endocarditis and brucellosis . Now Masvingo is able to conduct blood cultures , which will drastically improve patient management in the province .
The UK ’ s Development Director and Deputy Head of Mission in Zimbabwe , Mrs Geraldine O ' Callaghan expressed how the UK was glad to have funded the upgrade to these laboratories because of the positive impact this will have for Zimbabweans and the health sector .
“ Reducing the time for laboratory samples to be analysed allows patients
Masvingo Provincial Hospital Microbiology Laboratory is one of the 14 newly renovated laboratories furnished with modern equipment and reagent purchases as part of the £ 4 million Fleming Fund project . The project ' s main goal is to support the implementation of activities outlined in Zimbabwe ’ s National AMR Action Plan ( 2017 – 2025 ).
Zimbabwe ’ s AMR Fleming Fund grant consortium of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations ( FAO ) Biomedical Research and Training Institute ( BRTI ) and the World Health Organisation ( WHO ) partnered to rehabilitate 14 human and animal health laboratories in three provinces ( Bulawayo , Mutare and Masvingo ) which were commissioned in May 2022 .
The rehabilitation process was part of the first phase of the project , which focused on upgrading laboratory infrastructures . As well as improved capacity at all Fleming Fundsupported sites for bacterial culture , identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing ( AST ) for relevant bacterial pathogens .
The Ministry of Lands , Agriculture , Fisheries , Water and Rural Development ( MoLAFWRD ) through the Department of Veterinary Services ( DVS ), the Ministry of Health and Child Care
MASVINGO IS ABLE TO CONDUCT BLOOD CULTURES , WHICH WILL DRASTICALLY IMPROVE PATIENT MANAGEMENT .
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