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T&T Still Grappling With HIV/AIDS
Although many strides have been made with regards to the prevention of Hiv/aids, it is important to recognize that the disease and its far reaching social and economic effects have not gone away; it’s still very much with us.
This, from the leader of the opposition, Dr. Keith Rowley.
He says UNAIDS estimates there are now 33.3 million people living with Hiv. Tragically, this figure includes 2.5 million children.
During 2009, some 2.6 million people became newly infected with the virus and it’s estimated that 1.8 million people have died from the Aids virus.
He says in this country, people continue to grapple with this disease.
The Hiv/Aids unit was established to monitor and evaluate the heath sector’s Hiv/aids plan.
Rowley says it also provides an ongoing partnership, strategic framework, policy guidelines and protocols to improve the health status and delivery of health care to Hiv/aids patients and their families.