Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ministry of health comments on HIV/Aids

By Odette Ismail
20 September 2006

At the 9th National Congress of Cosatu yesterday the ministry of Health acknowledged the appeal for unity in the fight against HIV and Aids.

All speakers present except for Treatment Action Campaign chairman Zachie Achmat called for all stakeholders to stand together and stop the spread of Hiv infection as well as minimise the impact of Aids.

The Congress avoided the topic on the call from Achmat to remove Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and rather concentrate on implementing a comprehensive response to HIV and Aids.

The ministry also welcomed the congress emphasis being placed on the prevention and the need to encourage testing. They also stood firm on their position that nutrition is not another way to treat the virus.

The health department will continue to make sure that everyone is aware of the access to all the elements of the plan.

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