Dept urged to strive to cut HIV infections by 15%

2010-03-24 00:00

THE KZN Health Department should strive to reduce mother-to-child HIV infections from the current level to the targeted five percent.

This was said by Lord Nigel Crisp from the UK National Health Service during a visit to Edendale Hospital yesterday where he assessed the programmes instituted at the hospital for the 20 000-plus campaign that aims to reduce mother-to-child HIV infections by 15% from the current rate of 20%.

According to estimates by the department, at least 20 000 children could be saved every year if the recommended protocols in dealing with the infections were followed.

Lord Crisp said the department should strive to reach its target and despite the challenges, he believed they will be able to reach it.

“As you may know that I have been involved in the UK government health services, I am impressed with what I have seen. It is our belief that we need to change the picture of health care delivery in other countries and I am confident that the 20 000-plus project will meet its goals.”

Spokesman for the Health Department Chris Maxon said while the department has put structures in place to reach their targets, their efforts are sometimes hampered by factors beyond their control.

“In some cases you find that the mothers are not tested on time and that creates a problem.”

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