Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Healt-h Minister Satish Faugoo on Th ursday launched the 2007-2011 multi-sectoral national plan on HIV/AIDS with an a p peal to the population to be eternally vigilant.
He noted that although the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate was low in Mauritius, people should not drop their guards, as it could rise in the future, The national plan is meant to identify the critical constraints in order to curb the epidemic in keeping with the sixth Millennium Development Goal (MDG).
"HIV/AIDS is not only a simple question of health but also a national affair that concerns various sectors such as education, youth, women, civil society and NGOs," the minister said.
Faugoo noted that the pandemic had consequences for women and girls, economic, social and health gains, reduction of life expectancy and worse ning of the poverty level.
He further noted that the plan was based on three principles and five key elements including prevention and social mobilisation, care, treatment and support, development, mobilisation of resources and control and assessment of HIV/AIDS.
The first case of HIV/AIDS was diagnosed in Mauritius in 1987 and to date 3,105 people have been affected by the virus.