Angola shows low prevalence of HIV, says Health Minister

Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola is among the countries with low prevalence of HIV/AIDS, with statistics putting spread of the scourge at an average of 2 percent, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported, quoting the country's Minister of Health, Jose Van-Dunem.

In his speech at the high-level United Nations meeting on AIDS Thursday in New York, the minister said that despite the obstacles specific to a country under reconstruction, the government was expanding access to free prevention and treatment.

He said between 2003 and 2010, the country experienced an increase in the number of testing centres from eight to 558, with 133 anti-retroviral treatment centres to date for adults, 120 for children and 209 Vertical Transmission prevention Centres (VTP).

"The government is engaged in strengthening the systemic response (...) and the government's challenge is to continue investment in knowledge regarding access to health services, the involvement of people living with HIV in the strategies with a focus on most vulnerable groups.

"We will do everything to achieve universal access and zero new HIV infections," he said.
-0- PANA ANGOP/TBM/CEA/VAO 10June2011

10 june 2011 19:26:17




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