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HIV/AIDS treatment center opens in Khost

HIV/AIDS treatment center opens in Khost

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Jul 25, 2017 - 22:28

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A HIV/AIDS and hepatitis-B-C treatment centre was inaugurated in southeastern Khost province on Tuesday.

Governor Hukam Khan Habibi, while opening the center, told Pajhwok Afghan News the hospital’s building cost 56 million afghanis provided by the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH).

He said the healthcare center was equipped with all tools needed for treatment of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis-B and hepatitis-C viruses and prevention of the diseases.

“I ask all my brothers and sisters affected by the viruses to visit this center, they would be treated here free of cost,” he said.

Provincial public health director Dr. Habib Shah Ansari called the facility a big achievement for Khost and said many people in the province carried hepatitis-B and C viruses.

“Sixty-three cases of HIV/AIDS have been registered in Khost and six of them were recorded in the past six months, this center would help us a lot in eradicating the virus,” he said.

According to the Worldinfo-icon Health Organization (WHO), 6,900 HIV/AIDS cases have been registered in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Dr. Ehsanullah Ehsan, head of national HIV/AIDS control at MoPH, said they had registered 2,290 HIV positive cases countrywide.

“HIA virus cases are on the decline is in the country, but its treatment is a little difficult. Fortunately facilities that can treat the disease is available in the country and the treatment has somehow simplified,” he said.

There are five HIV/AIDS virus treatment centers in the country including the one opened today in Khost.

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