HIV/AIDS a priority, says Malabag

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HEALTH and HIV/AIDS Minister Michael Malabag says that responding to HIV/AIDS is one of the major priorities of the Government and that is reflected in all major policy documents.
Malabag, in his World AIDS Day message, said the Government was committed to addressing the HIV epidemic in an integrated manner.
“The Government has increased the overall allocation and spending on health sector to address many of the challenges faced by health system infrastructure, human resources, ageing workforce and medical supplies,” he said in a statement.
“These investments will no doubt improve the ability of our health system to deliver better care, including HIV services across the country.”
“We have made significant inroads in terms of our response but many challenges persist and gains are still fragile.”
Malabag said that early projections estimated that HIV prevalence among the adult population would reach more than five per cent.
But improvements in the scale-up of PNG’s HIV testing and surveillance over the last decade had demonstrated that HIV had limited impact across the country as a whole, with the current national prevalence rate of 0.8 per cent reported last year.

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