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IHVN donates 68 ECG machines to health facilities

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To ensure quality treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has donated 68 portable electrocardiograph (ECG) machines to health facilities offering DR-TB treatment in the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory.

The machines, which were provided through financial support from the Global Fund, are for use at out-patient departments of DR-TB centers selected by State TB Leprosy Control Programs.

IHVN Program Manager Global Fund DR-TB, Dr. Vivian Ibeziako stated that the use of the donated machines will make sure that the country meets the WHO recommendation to periodically monitor the electric activities of the heart due to side effects associated with DR-TB drugs. “Due to the limited access to ECG services in the country, these portable ECG machines were procured to ensure quality patient management,” she said.

Hospitals such as University College Hospital Ibadan, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Center Owerri, State Hospital Sokoto and Federal Medical Center Yola benefitted from the donation.

In response to the donation, Rivers State government has promised full utilization of the machines received. Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, who conveyed his appreciation in a letter, said, “The government continues to appreciate your support towards our effort to end TB in Rivers State.”

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