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HIV Rapid Testing: One step forward to combat AIDS

Date: November 08, 2016
Domain:Health
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 08 November 2016: The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life is in the process of validating the National HIV and AIDS Action Plan 2017-2021 in the context of the 90-90-90 treatment initiative. To this effect, certificates were awarded to 22 participants who followed a training course in HIV Rapid Testing at the headquarters of the Ministry. The certificate award ceremony was held on 4 November 2016 at the initiative of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, in collaboration with the Mauritius Institute of Health (MIH).
In his address, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Anil Gayan, outlined that the global public health priority is to make individuals aware of their serostatus. He expressed concern on the rapid spread of HIV in Mauritius and assured the public that the number of HIV cases has stabilised.
According to the Minister, educational and professional training in the health sector is vital for the prevention of HIV and other epidemics. He stressed the need to increase the number of service providers offering HIV testing in public and private health care institutions. To meet this objective, more training and professional courses should be designed, he said.
HIV Rapid Testing Course
A two-day training workshop was organised by National Aids Secretariat, AIDS Unit/Central Health Laboratory and MIH. Twenty-two staff from the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life and NGOs attended the course and acquired the skills needed to correctly conduct and interpret a rapid HIV test. The participants would now be able to maintain accurate records of Provider-Initiated Testing and Counselling as well as participate in National HIV Testing campaign.
90:90:90 Treatment Initiative
In the National HIV and AIDS Action Plan 2017-2021, a 90:90:90 treatment initiative framework has been set up to combat the AIDS epidemic.
Under this framework, Mauritius is expected to work towards the following targets: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status (90% diagnosed), 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (90% on HIV treatment) and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression (90% suppressed).
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
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