Tanzania plans to trace 200,000 HIV patients who have gone unregistered

Tanzania: Tanzanian health officials claimed they were working on a plan to track down at least 200,000 unregistered HIV patients to control new infections

Tanzania has 1.7 million HIV patients, but only 1.5 million have been registered, according to Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors, and Children, as per reports.

Mwalimu remarked when she inaugurated a five-year strategy training research on community health in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, "We have to find the 200,000 unregistered HIV patients who might easily contribute to the spread of new infections."  She added that the 200,000 HIV patients could be tracked down through tests conducted at the village, ward, and district levels, and that the government's goal is to eradicate HIV by 2030.

Antiretroviral medications (ARVs), which keep the virus under control and support the immune system so that a patient can stay healthy and live a long life, were used by 98 percent of the 1.5 million HIV patients registered, according to Mwalimu. She stated that efforts to track down the 200,000 unaccounted for HIV patients will be coordinated with efforts to limit the number of children infected with HIV by their mothers, which presently stands at 6,000 every year.

"The government's expectation is that all infants be born free of sickness," Mwalimu explained.

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