Newborn HIV rates plummet in Gauteng

2012-04-02 12:40

Johannesburg - The rate of HIV infection in newborn babies has decreased by more than half in Gauteng, said the provincial department of health said on Sunday.

"The Gauteng department of health and social has reduced the number of infection in babies by more than half, from 11.6% to 2.3% through the implementation of health services for pregnant women," said spokesperson Simon Zwane.

He said the reduction in the infection rate was due in part to a department campaign that "encourages expectant mothers to attend antenatal classes so that complications are detected in the early stages of pregnancy."

  • pietopper - 2012-04-02 13:02

    Manto Tshabalala-Msimang will never be forgiven. May she rot in hell. And Thabo Mbeki, you are not innocent in the preventable death and suffering of hundreds of thousand of innocent babies,

  • Jan - 2012-04-02 13:08


      Carina Welman - 2012-04-02 13:36

      what is so funny Jan? it's good news. Not a damn joke!

      Jan - 2012-04-02 19:18

      @Carina, I KNOW the REAL figures and it's more scary than the 2nd world war. The actual figures are more than twice as high than last year. If you had any common sense, you'd ficure out I was laughing at the idiot making these figures public. More and more babies are born with aids every day, no matter how you look at it. Open your eyes and smell the crap the ANC feeds you every day!

  • Deon - 2012-04-02 13:32

    Well done, but let us hope the figures were not changed.

  • Koos - 2012-04-02 14:44

    Just the other day I read this: “A family equals no more than four. Breeding equals extinction.” Can’t remember where I read it but it is one of the quotes that makes more sense each and every day. Here we throw babies in drains, long drops or even cut them up for “medicine” and that is if they are not raped or eaten by rats first. Sometimes I wonder if having a baby is “a right”. Is having a baby knowing you are going to die fair towards the child? Is it fair towards the people that have to raise an orphaned child? I can see in the future that “having babies” will be regulated like is some other countries and honestly, I think it will be better.

  • Adam - 2012-04-02 14:59

    So if they detect HIV early in pregnancy, and abort, then the number born positive is the ones they missed and is too many.

  • Morne - 2012-04-02 16:32

    That's good to hear!

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