‘More HIV infections in women’

07 Dec, 2021 - 10:12 0 Views
‘More HIV infections in women’ Dr Prosper Chonzi

H-Metro

Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter

There are more HIV infections in women than men each year in Harare according to commissioned studies, Harare Acting Major, Councillor Musarurwa Mutizwa has said.

Mayor Mutizwa made these remarks during the recent signing of the Paris Declaration to end the HIV pandemic by 2030 where the City of Harare joined 350 other cities globally in signing the declaration on Fast-Track Cities and commit to ending AIDS by the year 2030.

 

The mayor said there was a still a high burden of HIV and AIDS in women and young girls and there was need to act on the commitments to ensure the target of ending AIDS by 2030 is attained.

 

“There are more HIV infections in women than men each year in Harare according to commissioned studies.

 

“The City of Harare is therefore proud to join the movement to end HIV /AIDS by 2030,” he said.

 

Speaking at the same event, Health Services Director Dr Prosper Chonzi said council was employing more health officers to boost the system following a huge brain drain.

 

“The city is working towards accelerating the HIV response with a number of measures lined up to increase access to care, in addition to commissioning new clinics, intensifying outreach clinics for general and HIV-related services,” he said.

 

“We are working towards employing more health officers to boost the system following a huge brain drain.

 

“There are also strategies put in place to increase anti-retroviral therapy (ART) coverage include use of mobile HIV testing and immediate initiation of those who test positive on ART,” he added.

 

Dr Chonzi said Harare was among the first five provinces to pilot test the provision of HIV treatment, also known as ART, in April 2004 and within a couple of years had rolled out HIV care services to all clinics and hospitals under the City of Harare.

 

He also added that people on antiretroviral treatment where to get medications for up to three months.

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