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There are No Reagents for Clinical Analysis in Cuban Hospitals

There are No Reagents for Clinical Analysis in Cuban Hospitals / Ignacio


Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

By: Ignacio Estrada Cepero, Independent

For several days the clinical laboratory at the Pedro Kouri Institute of

Tropical Medicine has not collected samples for the laboratory test

known as Viral Load.

The well-known laboratory test is conducted in most cases of people

living with /, in order to know the presence of the infective

load of this virus in the human body.

An unknown number of people are waiting their turn to have this

laboratory test performed. Many of these patients have scheduled their

tests up to six months in advance and arrive a the only to be

told there is no of clinical reagent.

According to a practitioner at this Cuban hospital devoted to research

of tropical diseases and HIV/AIDS who wants to remain anonymous, this

laboratory test is important and he added that it is not the first time

this year the hospital has been forced to suspend the tests for lack of

chemical reagent.

The Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) is located on the

outskirts of Havana and to date is one of the most prestigious

institutions in Cuba. At present its current director is Dr. Jorge Perez.

October 8 2012

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