One million Ivorians living with HIV/AIDS

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- More than a million out of the Ivorian population estimated at 15 million are currently living with HIV/AIDS, according to the country's foreign minister, Abou Drahamane Sangare.
Speaking on his return from the recent UN General Assembly session devoted to AIDS, the minister said the government has created a ministry whose specific role is to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and other epidemics threatening the Ivorian population.
He said the creation of the ministry under the Prime Minister's office showed the commitment of the new ivorian authorities to combat the incurable disease.
Sangare said that government efforts had managed to stabilise HIV infection rates around 10 percent.
He noted however that 45 percent of TB patients were co-infected with HIV.
According to the minister, an Ivorian teacher dies of AIDS each day.

03 july 2001 20:04:00

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