The spread of HIV/AIDS infection in Eritrea continues to decline, stated Dr. Andeberhan Tesfatsion, director of national HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis control department in the Health Ministry.
Asmara, 1 December 2010 – The spread of HIV/AIDS infection in Eritrea continues to decline, stated Dr. Andeberhan Tesfatsion, director of national HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis control department in the Health Ministry.
In an interview he conducted with ERINA in connection with World AIDS Day, he pointed out that the infection is declining from year to year thanks to the campaign being undertaken to raise societal awareness.
Dr. Andeberhan further indicated that the Government is disbursing 8 million to 10 million Nakfa annually for providing medical care to nationals living with HIV/AIDS so as to enable them become productive. He went on to say that concerted action is also being taken to help them organize in the Bidho HIV/AIDS Association so that they may obtain psychological and medical advice, besides securing financial support.
Noting that the Ministry has been working diligently through mapping out a 5-year work program for the period 2008 to 2012, Dr. Andeberhan said that strenuous efforts are being exerted to raise public awareness to the highest level and reducing the infection to the lowest level possible.
A report by WHO reveal that HIV/AIDS incidence was first witnessed in 1980s in the world, and that a quarter of the 2.7 million people infected by the virus this year are found in the Sub-Saharan countries.