'HIV in women and children can end by 2030'

Written by  Mirriam Kaliza

The First lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika has observed that although the country has registered remarkable progress on issues of health, there is more to be done on the part of pediatric HIV and Cervical Cancer in women.

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The First Lady made the remarks when she toured Kamuzu Central Hospital Pediatric Ward and Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation in Lilongwe.

Madame Mutharika said Malawi has the capacity to end the HIV pandemic by 2030 if children and women are given necessary treatment.

 

She further explained that it is heart breaking that children who are HIV positive are not yet fully reached out to in terms of treatment in the country.

 

“I want 90% of children in the country to get tested and also 90% of those children who are HIV positive to start receiving sustainable treatment, “said Madame Mutharika.

She then urged parents to ensure that their children get to know their HIV status.

 

Madame Mutharika also commended Kamuzu Central Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation for supporting infants, adolescents and women who are psychologically and mentally ill from the effects of HIV and AIDS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister of Health Dr. Jean Kalilani pointed out that although the health sector is facing many challenges, there is an improvement in the delivery of health services.

“Even though there are shortfalls in my Ministry, we are still making a tremendous impact to human life,” Kalilani said.

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