Encouraging treatment through support
Within the SHOPS Plus networks of private providers, network officers connect clients with presumptive TB to clinical facilities and encourage them to seek testing and treatment. After coordinating with the PPMV to locate the woman, Ayo quickly arranged for her to meet with Dr. Thomas of MediPlus Hospital, a private clinical facility in Ikorodu, Lagos. He accompanied her to the appointment to provide guidance and support.
“She came with her mother and her three-month-old baby. I was shocked at her look compared to her beautiful baby.” -Ayo
At MediPlus, Dr. Thomas first performed a standard HIV test on the woman before sending her sputum sample to a local public hospital for testing by a GeneXpert machine. These machines are the preferred method of testing a patient for TB. They are more accurate than other methods and are available in labs and public hospitals. Ayo worked with the lab to get the test results as soon as possible in order to inform Dr. Thomas.