More nurses trained for ARV treatment

2011-08-15 14:22

Johannesburg - More than 620 Gauteng nurses have been trained to put HIV-positive patients on to antiretrovirals (ARVs), the health department said on Monday.

"This has placed the province in a strong position to implement new treatment protocols, announced by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe last week," spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

"The training provided has increased the capacity to initiate antiretroviral treatment in 169 clinics and community health centres throughout the province."

Motlanthe announced on Friday that treatment would have to be initiated when a person's CD4 blood count reaches 350 instead of 200.

Previously, treatment in this category was only open to certain "vulnerable" sections of society such as pregnant women and children.

All other patients had to wait until their count was 200 or below before being treated.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the government would budget R5bn for the first year of treatment with another billion rand added in the next financial year.

He said the ARV programme would be integrated into the future National Health Insurance.

Zwane said good progress is also being made in Gauteng with reducing the HIV transmission rate from mother to child (MTCT).

A high MTCT transmission rate of 11 to 14%, had been reduced in some facilities to less than 5%, he said.

  • biskit - 2011-08-15 14:34

    If everyone with Aids dies instantly...will the disease AIDS die too? Probably not but it'll solve a few problems thats for sure

      Jules - 2011-08-15 15:16

      Too bad you probably won't be included in that, you insensitive prick. You know, AIDS is only the 4th leading cause for death. And ARVs have become MUCH cheaper than ever before. Other diseases, like cancer, diabetes and heart/lung disease also place a huge burden on our country's resources and they are cause more deaths. So with your argument then, lets hope all those people die too instantly!!

      djg - 2011-08-15 15:22

      yes it will be glorious....90% of the ancyl will be gone then

      Neil - 2011-08-15 15:25

      LOL @DJG!!!

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-16 10:54

      whoonga saves

  • biskit - 2011-08-15 15:42

    Insensitive...Maybe thats the solution for change...nothing else is working Jules!! We tired of it...when does it end...obviously compassion to those who contract the virus who are innocent but most aren't and we all know this by now.

      Jules - 2011-08-15 16:03

      How do you know who contracts the virus and who doesn't? How can you judge? You aren't God. I work in HIV. I've seen it - many are just mothers, grannies, young students, infected by their husbands or boyfriends who work far away. They themselves are faithful but they get infected. Then they have babies, and they are uninformed, hiding from the stigma, and the babies get HIV. I understand your frustration with this country but wishing death upon others isn't the way to go.

      Jules - 2011-08-15 16:04

      If it wasn't AIDS, it would have been something else. The world population is took big and unsustainable. Not enough space, food, money, jobs to go around for everyone.

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