Egypt started efforts to counter AIDS 25 years ago:Zayed
Wednesday، 02 December 2020 - 12:55 PM
Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed said that Egypt started its efforts to counter the spread of AIDS almost 25 years ago when the first cases of HIV infection were detected domestically in 1986.
She added that Egypt is committed to achieving the global strategic objective of combating AIDS, which is part of the third goal of the sustainable development strategy to put an end to the illness by 2030.
Zayed gave the remarks on Tuesday 1/12/2020 during her participation in a ceremony to commemorate the World AIDS Day, which is observed on December 1 of each year.
The health minister went on to say that combating the disease has become more challenging amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic globally.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Egyptian government has been keen to continue providing healthcare services for all patients, especially those with chronic diseases, including AIDS, Zayed noted.
Zayed has lauded regional and international efforts led by the WHO to ensure that the necessary health care and medicines are available for those infected with HIV, amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite major and uneven impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Health Ministry succeeded within 2020 in supporting the national response to counter AIDS, through opening 13 new AIDS treatment centers across the nation, and opening clinics for curing people infected with blood-borne diseases, Zayed said.
On her part, WHO Representative to Egypt Naeema Al Gasseer said Egypt is one of world countries with a low rate of HIV infections, thanks to its modern strategies in the early detection of the disease, in addition to raising social awareness about the risk of contracting HIV.
Meanwhile, Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt Randa Abul Hassan commended efforts exerted by the Health Ministry to combat AIDS and Coronavirus pandemic.
Abul Hassan also lauded the "100 Million Healthy Lives" initiative that aims to cure people infected with chronic diseases, and support women's health, as well as the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.