Number of Congolese pregnant women with HIV goes down

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The number of pregnant women affected with HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Congo is on the decrease, Congo’s Minister of Health and Population François Ibovi said here Thursday.

Mr. Ibovi was speaking during the opening ceremony of the third ordinary meeting of Congo’s National Council Against HIV/AIDS (CNLS).

He said the decrease was due to the governments’ recent efforts, especially the screening it organised in the country’s 12 departments.  

A 2011 survey revealed that the HIV prevalence rates in the country are higher among exposed groups, including sex workers and prisoners, and that women are twice more affected than men.

Mr. Ibovi complained about the lack of significant financial support from the country's development partners to effectively fight the disease in the central African country.

Congo’s President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, who presided over the ceremony, urged the government and the CNLS’ permanent secretary to step up efforts to expand the prevention services to all the population.
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27 Dezembro 2012 15:02:53

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