More Than 10 New Cases Of HIV Reported Monthly In Bor Civil Hospital, South Sudan

The department of HIV/AIDS in Bor Civil Hospital says more than 10 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are reported monthly.

BOR, 23 March, 2016 [Gurtong] – According to the latest HIV/AIDS Registry of the hospital, majority of these cases are expectant mothers.

On Monday, Abraham Alier Dhel, Supervisor of the Voluntary Counseling Test section in Bor Civil Hospital said since the opening of the HIV/AIDS department in 2010, more than 500 are receiving antiretroviral, ARVs.

Alier said the 2013 crisis and lack of sufficient resources has hindered the hospital from conducting HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

“We did not carry out outreach campaign. So we are dealing with cases that have come to hospital such as referral cases sent from other places like in Duk, Twic East and from private clinics around Bor town,” Alier Dhel said.

“I want to talk to the public, to tell them that HIV is real and is there so we need all of us wherever you are, be it in church or wherever sensitize your people tell them that HIV is there. We need people to protect themselves because prevention and protection is the most important thing,” he said.

He is also encouraging the people of Bor to visit the VCT in order to know there status.

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