Govt concerned about cost of HIV/Aids

2010-12-01 11:01

Pretoria - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he is concerned at the cost of coping with Aids in the country with the world's largest number of HIV-positive citizens.

But in an interview marking World Aids Day on Wednesday, Motsoaledi said the government has no choice but to keep spending, or risk reversing its gains.

He says if better decisions had been made earlier, costs would be lower now.

On last year's World Aids Day, President Jacob Zuma gained praise by pledging an ambitious testing and treatment campaign and more vigorous efforts to stop the disease's spread.

Motsoaledi is in charge of the campaign, and has been praised by Aids activists who repeatedly clashed with a previous health minister who promoted beets and garlic as Aids treatments.

  • dieKudus - 2010-12-01 11:53

    I would like to know why the Government is concerned about this cost. whilst billions of rand disappear or end up in the pockets of the Comrades. Give to the poor and take care of them. That was the election promise.

      raymond.billson - 2010-12-01 12:07

      the election promise was only to enrich the cadres - an they are running very true to to their promise. The country is being run into the ground where ANC cadres are enriched to the detriment of the poor.

  • Tatunka - 2010-12-01 11:56

    That's what happens when you have a mindless idiot previous health minister that promoted garlic, beetroot and other crap as well as a previous president that claimed that HIV did not cause aids. At least the current minister can blame his predecessors and he is totally correct in saying that it is now damn costly due to crap decisions being made in the past. My only question is whether the current miister will make the correct decision concerning the proposed national health scheme. If it is attempted to be implimented as is, then it will be a failure, guaranteed. It's now time to see whether the minister has the brains and the balls to make the correct decision, or will a minister in the future once again be stating that the national health is a failure, due to previous bad decisions.

  • idgara - 2010-12-01 12:49

    Of course they are concerned about the cost of HIV?Aids treatment. It means less money for their replacement vehicles which i'm sure is due round about now! The cheaper way to solve the problem is to tell the government supporters at the rallies to stop bonking!!! Oh wait, that won't work cos our president is leading by example! Woops!

  • Mordred - 2010-12-01 13:02

    The only reason the ANC government is worried about the cost is because then it won't leave enough money for their members to steal.

  • j.malemmer - 2010-12-01 13:05

    It is for this reason why our clever president , aka Thabo Mbeki, didn't want to dish out ARV. The state can not afford it. Why on this earth do we need to pay for other people's bad habits.(ok ok, some people get HIV not by their own stupidity!!.... for those I'm prepared to contribute. For the rest nope, sorry!) Rather spend the $$ on housing or roads.

  • Mordred - 2010-12-01 13:18

    They are now concerned with the large numbers of people who have HIV/AIDS. Well, if the previous health minister was not such a bloody big idiot (I still can't believe that she was a doctor), if the previous president, also a bloody, big and ignorant idiot did not believe it was HIV/AIDS and that all you had to do was eat beetroot and garlic, then our country would not be in this bloody mess and please don't forget our esteemed president, Zuma, who more or less showed by his actions that if you shower, you won't get HIV/AIDS. Oh yes, we have had some bright and marvellous examples to follow. I suggest that the government do something right for a change. How about getting back the money that you know was stolen by your comrades and from all the "fat cat" members who live in government housing and most of them are not or have never paid the measly rental while earning hundreds of thousands per annum. I suggest you start with Mr Pahad first who is in arrears with his rent to the tune of approximately R160.000 and the others who are also thousands of rand in arrears. Please show me that the ANC government can actually do something without taking the easy way out (always) and try not looking to the taxpayer as they always do.

      j.malemmer - 2010-12-01 13:43

      I beg to differ. The infection rate would not have come down. Yes, more idiots would be alive at the taxpayers expense. To do what?? Waste more resources that could have been used better?? Infect more idiots? It is about choices in life.(I'm excluding the rape victims)

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