HIV prevalence falls among blood donors

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The rate of HIV prevalence among blood donors in Cote d'Ivoire has dropped from 8 percent to 0.
3 percent, the National Blood Transfusion Centre (CNTS) revealed Tuesday in Abidjan.
According to Ivorian health minister Raymond N'dori Abouo, who gave the data at a training workshop for blood transfusion managers in Africa, these encouraging results have turned the CNTS into a reference centre for the west African subregion.
Initiated by the World Health Organisation, the training session groups 24 leaders of blood transfusion centres from 12 African countries.
It will end on 17 August.
"Cote d'Ivoire, wishing to share its experience with other African countries in order to fight HIV/AIDS more effectively, puts emphasis on inter-country training through its transfusion centre", the minister explained.
Meanwhile, the WHO representative in Cote d'Ivoire, Dr Mame Thierno Aby Sy, stressed the importance of blood donation and the need for banks of safe blood and blood products.
"Blood and blood products are major vehicles for HIV transmission," he said.
In developing countries, between 5 and 10 percent of infections may be caused by blood transfusion.

24 july 2001 14:01:00

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