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HIV/AIDS cases on upward trend - Fiji Times

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Monday, October 25, 2010

WITH low overall infection rates, the exponential rise in the number of cumulative confirmed HIV cases is a major concern says United Nations resident coordinator and UN Development Program resident representative Fiji Knut Ostby.

Mr Ostby was commenting on the key findings on Fiji's progress towards achieving MDG Six: Combat HIV/AIDS and other major diseases.

"The report highlights that there is an upward trend in the number of reported cases of HIV/AIDS in Fiji from four in 1989 to 333 confirmed cases in 2009," he said.

"In Fiji as well as the rest of the Pacific, there is also a need to focus on non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

"The Pacific experiences a disproportionate incidence of these diseases and the only sustainable remedy is an improvement in diets and lifestyle choices."

According to the report, the sixth MDG mainly focuses on HIV and AIDS but due to the high prevalence of NCDs, government is committed to address these through greater national awareness programs and the establishment of dedicated facilities for NCDs such as diabetes centres that have been put in place by government.

"On the first target of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS has increased in Fiji," the report said.

"The strong State support for combating HIV/AIDS will ensure that the current trend does not reach an explosive stage..

"Regarding the second target on achieving universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, a recent report shows that those eligible to treatment have full access to treatment and are receiving such treatment."

The report said available health data related to this goal suggested that government expenditure on health had gradually increased by around 5.5 per cent from $141.3million in 2005 to $149.1million in 2009.

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