The viral load testing service has been decentralized at Seti Zonal Hospital, Kailali in far western region. The service has been inaugurated by Honorable Health Minister, Mr. Gagan Thapa on 4th October, 2016 . Dr. Gita Shakya, Director, NPHL and Dr. Tarun Poudel, Director, NCASC facilitated the inauguration process.
Earlier, the service was only available at national Public Health Laboratory. Viral load is strongly recommended as the preferred monitoring approach to monitor and evaluate the ART treatment response. It is also done to confirm ARV treatment failure. The expansion of the service will increase the accessibility to the service in the region.