6 May 2014

Tanzania: HIV Transmission Worrisome in Mwanza

STATISTICS show that there is an increase in the infection rate of HIV from mother to child at between 20 and 45 per cent in Mwanza Region.

Mwanza Regional Commissioner Evarist Ndikilo gave the statistics at the weekend during the launching of a special campaign to prevent mother to child HIV transmissions.

"The problems of mother to child HIV transmissions among pregnant and breastfeeding womep affect many children in our region. We need to make sure that we play our part in the effort to reduce the problems," said Mr Ndikilo.

He said that between five and ten per cent of the infected children get the virus during pregnancy; ten to 15 per cent during delivery and between ten and 20 per cent during breastfeeding.

Mr Ndikilo said the figures are big, a situation that calls for increased efforts in dealing with the problems. "I urge pregnant women who either attend medical clinics or who do not, to join the programme and ensure that the children born are free from HIV transmissions," he said.

He insisted that those who are attending the prevention programme should not stop midway. They should continue using the medicines throughout the prescribed period time for the welfare of their children.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services is keen on reducing the mother to child HIV transmission rate to five per cent next year.

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