8 February 2013

Angola Has Over 280 Antiretroviral Treatment Centres

Luanda — At lest 284 antiretroviral treatment posts are currently available in the country for treatment of HIV-positive people, said

Friday in Luanda the Deputy Director of the National Institute to Combat AIDS, Lucia Furtado, who mentioned 148 adults and 136 children.

According to the official, the country has 347 posts for prevention of mother-to child transmission (PMTCT).

This allowed in 2004, the time the process started with the antiretroviral therapy in Angola until November 2102, the integration of 52,347 people into the care and support programmes, she said.

Lucia Furtado, who was speaking at the opening of the 9th National HIV/ AIDS Day in the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) - 2013, stressed that those citizens have been receiving free antiretroviral therapy.

She also noted that from January to November 2012 the country conducted some 500,000 HIV tests. Of this number 22,313 positive cases were recorded.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Health minister, José Van-Dúnem, State secretary for Education, Ana Paula Dala.

Officials of AIDS combat institute, protocol entities, high ranking officers and soldiers, also attended the activities.

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