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January 19, 2019

HIV patients to be recorded biometrically

THE government will from January next year begin the biometric registration of people living with HIV-Aids in Homa Bay and Mombasa counties.

National Aids and and STI Control Programme head Martin Sirengo said the exercise will be conducted in other counties in March.

He said the concept note of the project is over and the Ministry of Health is now working on the implementation.

Sirengo told the Star on the phone yesterday that people who are currently on ARVs and whose records are with the ministry will be recalled to various health centres for registration.

He said the government has decided to start with Homa Bay as it has the highest number of people living with the virus, according to the latest statistics.

"Mombasa has the highest risk of people acquiring the virus because of the high number of commercial sex workers and those injecting drugs," Sirengo said.

He said any other person who will test positive from next year will be biometrically registered.

Sirengo said the exercise will help link the HIV positive patients to healthcare centres as the database containing all the patients' details will be synchronised.

“Unique patient identification is key to patient retention and biometric technology can provide a mechanism to uniquely verify individual's identity over a period of time,”said the NASCOP boss.

He said the biometric identification will help detect attempted double registration, link health outcomes to the clients and improve the quality of health care services to the patients.

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