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HIV On Progress In Mediterranean Zone Including Afghanistan: MoPH

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Monday December 3, 2012
Kabul (BNA) It is said that till the end of 2011, 367 cases of HIV have been recorded in Afghanistan, with the world day on AIDS was marked yesterday under the theme of “Examine your blood for HIV, know better and live better”.
The meeting on this occasion was attended by minister of public health Dr. Soraya Dalil, head of the health commission of House of People, deputy ministers of struggle against narcotics, refugees and repatriates and the ARCS, representative of the national and international partners of health ministry.
Addressing the meeting Soraya Dalil explained the background of AIDS in the world and said that this day is observed for the past 24 years in the world and its aim to raise the level of awareness of the people in the struggle against AIDS.
She added that base on information of WHO AID is on the increase in the Mediterranean zone including Afghanistan while AIDS services has reduced to 13% for less than 5% of AID patient know about their disease.
She attributed war, cultivation and usage of narcotics, poverty, open borders, economic problems, illiteracy, domestic and foreign migrations, insecure intake of blood are factors foe the spread of AIDS and till the end of the year 2011 1360 cases of AIDS were detected throughout the country.
As regards the curative AID center she said that the ministry so far has created nine consulting centers and voluntary tests, 5 curative centers of mother to children, 24 free treatment centers in Kabul and Herat provinces.
She attributed AIDS a socio-economic problems not health problem and asked all the related organs to cooperate with the ministry in this respect.

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