Mauritius: New cases of HIV/AIDS going down in Mauritius

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The number of new cases of HIV/AIDS is going down in Mauritius with 27 cases detected monthly in 2012 compared to 31 cases monthly in 2011, according to a communiqué published in Port-Louis on Monday by the Mauritian Health Ministry.

The Ministry said this was due to the efficient implementation of preventive measures, such as the formulation of a National Multi-sector Strategy for HIV/AIDS, setting up of a National Secretariat, introduction of reduction strategies, treatment with methadone and the introduction of a needle exchange programme as well as the promulgation in 2007 of a law on HIV/AIDS.

The measures also included the setting up of Day-Care Centres for HIV patients in all the five regional hospitals of the island.

The communiqué published ahead of an official visit from 17 to 21 April of Dr Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said a new antiretroviral medicine had also been introduced for the 2,000 plus patients who were undergoing treatment.

Moreover, 95 per cent of pregnant women who had HIV followed treatment to prevent the transmission of the virus from mother to the child.

According to the official programme of the visit, Dr Sidibé will meet Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and President Rajkeswur Purryag before having working sessions with officials of the Health Ministry, members of the National AIDS Secretariat and others.
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14 april 2014 20:10:57




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