Limpopo making strides in the fight against HIV, Aids

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lebowakgomo - Limpopo is making strides in managing and combating the spread of HIV, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale announced on Thursday.

“We’ve increased the number of anti-retroviral treatment (ART) sites to 493 by the end of December last year. The total number of patients registered on the ART programme has substantially increased in this financial year.

“We are also pleased by the increased number of pregnant women who test for HIV at our healthcare facilities,” he said on Thursday, delivering his State of the Province Address at the provincial Legislature in Lebowakgomo.

Mathale said his provincial government was continuing to double its efforts of fighting the spread of the disease.

“We’ve doubled our efforts in providing primary healthcare services to the people of this province. We’ve sustained our performance of providing 24-hour services at primary healthcare facilities especially in the rural area,” he said.

The Premier said they had also reduced the response time for their Emergency Medical Services.

“The manner in which many of our people are affected by other diseases such as diabetes, malaria and tuberculosis means that we must develop new methods in our approach towards fighting these diseases,” he said. -