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70 000 SA children live with HIV/Aids

2011-03-17 13:29

Bloemfontein - Some 70 000 South African children live with HIV/Aids and need antiretroviral treatment, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.

He was visiting the Pelonomi regional hospital in Bloemfontein for discussions with local health officials.

Motsoaledi said his visit's focus was to establish whether government health programmes, such as the ARV programme, were implemented at ground level.

"Is it happening on the ground? Do the managers know what must happen and do they work?"

Motsoaledi said HIV/Aids is South Africa's single biggest health problem.

The Free State has the third largest number of people living with HIV/Aids after KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

The minister said South Africa has R4.2bn for its programme.

Children born with HIV/Aids immediately go onto a treatment programme.

Comments
  • Pamela - 2011-03-17 13:42

    That's 70 000 irresponsible, piece of **** mothers!

      Felix - 2011-03-17 14:07

      Not necessarily, they could have been raped and some mothers could have more than one child.

      Pamela - 2011-03-17 14:12

      Some, not all.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-17 14:25

      Yep, not all... Most of these mothers don't have a choice in this, sadly...

      schmerz - 2011-03-17 15:23

      Don't have a choice? It's simple, if you have AIDS, don't have sex. If 70 000 children have AIDS and you attribute that to rape, then we have an even bigger problem

  • Chris - 2011-03-17 13:43

    another useless article - children? age? babies? infants? a child is 0 - 16 - and then only 70 000 - then it's a miracle! 4.6bn for aids programmes!! how much $$$ is being spend on preventing it in the first place?

      The Observer - 2011-03-17 13:45

      Wairing condoms is unrevolutionary. You heard Malema, make babies.

  • ji - 2011-03-17 13:48

    only 70 000 , I was hoping for at least 7 million .

      Charlie - 2011-03-17 14:18

      Give a few years the anc wil add a few zero's to that figure.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-17 14:27

      shame on you... :(

      Cynical Sci - 2011-03-17 14:44

      You disgust me.

  • ratex - 2011-03-17 13:52

    This might be the first time that I agree with something mompara malema has said. So ya, go forth and multiply

  • Charlie - 2011-03-17 14:15

    Viva Anc, I bet all these are your supporters children .

  • Charnè Anderson - 2011-03-17 14:16

    @ Pamela Firstly, you don't speak like that about children! Secondly, not all of them are sexually active, being a child means 18-years-old and UNDER... So take your stupid view and keep it for yourself! We really don't need people like you in this f***ing country! AND people aren't just infected through unprotected sex (though it is the most common).

      Felix - 2011-03-17 14:22

      Wow Charne, your comment was as far from the post as your understanding was, of said comment...

      Pamela - 2011-03-17 14:24

      WOW, you are seriously sick that you thought I meant that. Mothers pass aids onto their children Charne, seriously, did you not know that??

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-17 14:32

      Standing ovation... thank you... People need to assess their statements before airing their views because you are (like it or not) representative of, well..your race. This is SA & we are the most colour conscious nation around.

      Pamela - 2011-03-17 14:38

      Shame, she's just angry.

  • letlize - 2011-03-17 14:21

    A huge generation gap is on it's way. Maybe then things will go back to normal...

  • Baas-Julius - 2011-03-17 14:21

    Oh please it's far higher than 70 000. Also what do you clasify as children, as stupid Malema @ age 30 is seen as a youth.

  • Charnè Anderson - 2011-03-17 14:22

    And it's not only black people who are infected with the disease, although they would make up the majority since they are the majority in country... f***ing idiots! And how do we ever think this country will mend (despite who runs the country) if we keep on putting each other down? It's heart wrenching…

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-17 14:24

    Wee Julius came up with the answer to this pandemic...have more children to replace the 70 000...So you see, Aaron Motsoaledi, ARV's is not the answer....

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-17 14:56

    And so the AIDS epidemic increases. All true revolutionaries, listen to your master Malema. Go forth and multiply, the virus shall do the mathematics.

  • Chris - 2011-03-17 15:19

    hold on people did you not learned your lesson...first the good news then comes the shocking news. Remember: ANC doing so great first artichle then hour later - SA 'on verge of being dysfunctional' 70 000 is maybe the total number of children affected living in the karoo.

  • n s - 2011-03-17 15:27

    R4.2bn and thats only for 1 year, these children now have to be taken care of by government for the rest of their lives while keeping them alive with ARV's, that excludes the cost of grants, education, free house and the maintenance cost of the house which is already running at R54bn. Best of all is it's a terminal illness until a cure is found so all that investment ends up where? They should be spending that money on the root of the problem, the uneducated, the careless, the rapists but instead government just fuels it in hope for a vote. Sad.

  • Lizelle - 2011-03-17 16:42

    The Global Market for AIDS/HIV Testing and Treatment;email me for full access to this report: stephan@bccresearch.com Provides an in-depth analysis of the global market for HIV/AIDS treatments Discusses the increases in the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, and growth of both conventional, experimental and biotech treatments Contains global market forecasts for HIV/AIDS treatments through 2015 Includes key demographic analysis in order to determine which markets will exhibit the greatest potential for growth for HIV/AIDS treatment in the coming years Discusses the mechanism of HIV/AIDS and different testing methods Includes profiles of major industry players.

  • Lizelle - 2011-03-17 16:44

    The Global Market for AIDS/HIV Testing and Treatment;email me for full access to this report: stephan@bccresearch.com Provides an in-depth analysis of the global market for HIV/AIDS treatments Discusses the increases in the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, and growth of both conventional, experimental and biotech treatments Contains global market forecasts for HIV/AIDS treatments through 2015 Includes key demographic analysis in order to determine which markets will exhibit the greatest potential for growth for HIV/AIDS treatment in the coming years Discusses the mechanism of HIV/AIDS and different testing methods Includes profiles of major industry players.

  • lulu - 2011-03-17 18:24

    hi peoples who stil have big mouth about aids weather you are green or yellow as long you stil shark and enjoying it then no need for big mouth. kids they are kids they suffer for what they dont now. what is good is not only blacks who are have aids is every body as long you are a person living on this earth we are all the same any problem peoples face we face it all of us ok . so any body who never pass that pain to have some body in his family who had the problem . nothing is permanent on this earth . what come around goes around. xxxx

  • Cala Mary - 2011-03-18 04:01

    We need HIV/AIDS education. It's very important!! CDC has granted CSU $1.9M for HIV/AIDS education. The number of members on the largest HIV dating&support site == HIVlover,com (if I spell the site correctly) has reached 500,000 members

  • cassius.selala - 2011-05-11 14:55

    It people like Pamela that are refusing to be mentally liberated and acknowledge that HIV/AIDS is not an infection comes only sexually; Pamela your reasoning is much primitive and left nothing to desire out of. I wonder if you do know your status yourself if you can be this naive to this unfortunate Kids have been deprived opportunities because of HIV/AIDS

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