Govt ahead of ARV targets

2009-01-28 22:32

Johannesburg - Health Minister Barbara Hogan said the government was ahead of its target of providing anti-retroviral treatment to people with HIV and Aids, SABC radio news reported on Wednesday.

Hogan said over the past year the government had provided ARV treatment to 216 000 people against a target of 180 000 people.

"That means there are over 700 000 people in our country who are on anti-retrovirals, who do not need to be in our hospitals, who have a possibility of a good life ahead of them, who can care for their loved ones and that is what we want to focus on: getting people onto those anti-retrovirals," Hogan told the broadcaster.

She added that her department planned to expand mother-to-child prevention treatments.