All Africa, Opening of Borders Increases Aids Rate, 28 February 2004

Angola Press Agency


Angola's Health Deputy Minister José Van-Dunem on Wednesday, here, stated that constant movement of people across the country's frontiers, as a result of the achieved peace, causes a rise in HIV/AIDS cases.

José Van-Dunem made this statement alongside the Forum of Consensus, gathering Non-Governmental Organisations working in AIDS matters, a meeting which started on Wednesday, being held under the umbrella of the Angolan Network Organisations for AIDS Services(ANASO).

According to minister, due to the environment of peace in the country, the risk of HIV/AIDS contamination is higher in bordering areas and urban centres with greater population concentration, such as the provinces of Lunda-Norte, Lunda-Sul, Cunene, Luanda, Benguela, Huila, Cabinda and Moxico.

José Van-Dunem added that his department will continue to work in the field of prevention, guarantee safe blood donation, and pay more attention to vertical transmition, so that HIV positive pregnant women can give birth to healthy children.

The institution will also secure the creation of advisory and voluntary test centres so that both young HIV positive or non infected people can adopt behaviours which help to reduce the contamination rate.

The gathering which takes places under the motto "A look to the future" has as goal to create and promote spaces for talks, exchange of experience and knowledge among the participants.

The Deputy Minister expressed his institution commitment to work so that access to anti-retroviral medicines is made available countrywide, which in his point of view depends on the improvement of health general services, granting of medicines and constant training of health professional staff.

The forum, which is being attended by representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations, church officials and other intitutions of the civil society, is an initiative to make people reflect on the past ten years in dealing with this epidemics in the country.






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