Mauritania: UNAIDS boss visits Nouakchott treatment centre

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, on Thursday visited the Nouakchott HIV/AIDS treatment centre and expressed “satisfaction" at the care and treatment being given people living with HIV/AIDS in Mauritania.

The senior UN official said he was “reassured" after he noticed the level of medical, nutritional and psychosocial care for people living with HIV/AIDS at the centre, which currently follows up 2,000 patients out of a total of 4,470 people declared affected by HIV/AIDS.

A specialist at the centre told PANA that there still existed thousands of patients who ignored their state of health and whose screening remained a huge challenge.

Sidibé arrived in Nouakchott on Wednesday night for a 24-hour visit.

HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Mauritania, estimated at 0.7% of a population of about 3.5 million people, is considered weak, but no drop in new infections has been reported.
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