Minister announces beginning of end for HIV/AIDS

  • 18 January, 2019

The Deputy Minister of Health, ’Manthabiseng Phohleli says gone are the days when Lesotho and its people were in the dark about HIV/AIDS, leaving more and more communities dying as a result of AIDS related illnesses.

The Deputy Minister said this at the official opening of the Lesotho-Based Hiv Impact Assessment (LePHIA) final results dissemination held in Maseru on Wednesday.
Addressing participants including HIV/IADS partners, Phohleli said a challenging journey it has been, the Ministry has fought and will continue to fight with everything so as to nail down HIV/AIDS.
She reiterated that the fact that many know their HIV positive or negative status while others are on treatment is an indication that soon, the Ministry in collaboration with its partners will realise their goal of having ‘HIV Free Lesotho.’
“Our commitment to optimal care and or universal access towards patients will remain intact until we reach the last mile, she emphasised.
Echoing similar sentiments, Acting Director Disease Control, Dr. ‘Makhoase Ranyali mentioned though Lesotho is the second highest globally in as far as HIV/AIDS issues are concerned, but there is hope.
She indicated more than 90 person of women know their HIV/AIDS status while over 80 percent of men are also aware of their status.
In addition, she noted 75 percent are on treatment noting despite the challenges relating to adherence and others, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
However, Dr. Tapiwa Tarabiswa HIV/AIDS Manager has expressed his worry that 65 percent of married couples who have extra marital affairs, continue engaging in unprotected sex. He therefore warned against this behaviour which he said still expose many to getting new infections.
He further called for prevention intervention measures amongst children particularly young girls as many are also vulnerable and exposed to danger.
In summary, the LePhia results have shown that amongst adults’ ages 15 to 59 years, prevalence of HIV varies across the country with Mohale’s Hoek being on top with 29.3 percent.
There are a total of 306, 000 people living with HIV and AIDS as according to the said results.

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