Zim minister wants door-to-door HIV tests

2011-09-10 12:00

Harare - Door-to-door testing for HIV could be part of a new attempt by Zimbabwe's health minister to curb infections, state media reported on Saturday.

"We must be innovative and embrace new approaches such as the know-your-HIV status campaigns through door-to-door testing," said Henry Madzorera.

At least one in seven Zimbabweans are believed to be positive for the HIV virus, a precursor to Aids. But testing remains optional in Zimbabwe.

Critics say the lack of adequate anti-retroviral drugs for those found to be HIV-positive deters many from seeking to discover their status. New figures revealed at the conference show up to 7 000 children die in Zimbabwe every year because they cannot access appropriate medicine.

But Madzorera, who was speaking at the close of a national Aids conference this week, said it was important that every Zimbabwean "knows their status", the official Herald newspaper reported.

Zimbabwe's vice premier, Thokozani Khupe, recently announced an ambitious plan to have all male ministers in President Robert Mugabe's cabinet circumcised in a bid to encourage other men to participate in a nationwide circumcision campaign, aimed at cutting HIV rates.

Director of the tuberculosis and Aids unit in the Health Ministry, Owen Mugurungi, said Zimbabweans needed to be "brave enough" to accept door-to-door testing.

  • crackerr - 2011-09-10 13:15

    Evil rules in that country.

      NATO OFFICE - 2011-09-10 20:03

      i share the same sentiments...they must first get rid of the evil leadership

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-09-10 13:19

    He is probably going to use his Mazda tree-to-tree to do the job

  • Gore - 2011-09-10 13:46

    Let start with the damn ministers first and let them leaad by example.

  • jvl - 2011-09-10 13:53

    So test them, and then tell them sorry,no money for medicine!What are they saying....Man enough to know you are HIV positive,and then men enough to know is a death sentence as the goverment has no money to pro-long and improve life quality,that sounds like abuse to me.

  • Ldn_saffa - 2011-09-10 13:56

    This will end up being just another Mugabe ploy to get more voters?? "Vote ZANU-PF and get free anti-retrovirals or vote MDC and die"

  • davidtocks - 2011-09-12 14:40

    Zim ministr pushing for door to door HIV test, quite innovative, lol. wer Dr. Kamwi at to impliment th same?

  • jimmy.paterson.39 - 2012-09-10 17:24

    oh dear

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