The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Health officials’ efforts to reduce HIV cases commendable

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has reportedly remained a major global public health issue, having claimed 32.9–51.3 million lives so far with ongoing transmission in all countries globally. Also, an estimated 33.1–45.7 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2022, two-thirds of whom 25.6 million are in the WHO African Region. The country’s Ministry of Public Health assured that in the past two years, with the efforts of the ministry and the cooperation of international institutions, the spread of many diseases, including HIV/Aids, have been eradicated or decreased. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an infection that attacks the body’s immune system. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the most advanced stage of the disease. HIV targets the body’s white blood cells, weakening the immune system. This makes it easier to get sick with diseases like tuberculosis, infections and some cancers, particularly at a time we face lack of facilities and diagnostic equipment. Unfortunately, we do not have diagnostic services in all provinces of the country and if they are available in some provinces, the services are not suitable for patients. According to data of the country’s ministry of public health, 183 positive cases of HIV have been registered in the country in 2023, which shows the reduction of this disease compared to previous years. Currently 12,000 HIV patients in the country, of which 11,162 are under treatment. The ministry says although HIV has decreased in the country, they need the cooperation of international institutions in fighting HIV in the country and this ministry is trying fully eradicate HIV in the country. Meanwhile, the representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said that in Afghanistan, this disease currently exists at a very low level. Based on the statistics of the United Nations Development Program, more than 12,000 people in Afghanistan are infected with HIV, of which 1,162 adults and children are receiving treatment. Currently, 9.2 million people in the world do not have access to HIV or AIDS treatment, and according to reports, 1,700 people die of this disease every day. The efforts of the country’s Ministry of Public Health is praiseworthy to reduce the cases of the diseases but the people cooperation with the related officials by referring to the HIV diagnostic and treatment centers is also very important as the move would further help the health officials to uproot the infectious disease.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.