Libya: WHO warns against spread of HIV/AIDS in Libya

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against a strong HIV/AIDS prevalence in Libya in view of the security chaos that caused the disintegration of its health system.

"The number of HIV/AIDS infected people in the country is estimated at 6,330," a spokesperson for the WHO office in Libya, Ahmed Salem al-Alligui, told journalists on Tuesday.

He said the recent assessment of the health system showed a poor state of medical services in terms of procurement and distribution of essential drugs, especially those needed for treatment of HIV/AIDS patients.

According to Salem, the disease spread fast in Libya between 2005 and 2011 due to lack of public awareness about HIV infection and about how to live with AIDS sufferers, in addition to  the economic and political reasons in the country as well as the phenomenon of illegal immigration.
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10 january 2017 13:40:44

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