Residents Called To Increase Efforts To Fight HIV/AIDS

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Zanzibar Deputy Chief Minister Ali Juma Shamuhuna on Tuesday at aworkshop on the evaluation of the archipelago's HIV/AIDS prevention andtreatment programs called on residents to increase their efforts tofight the disease, Xinhua News Agency reports.


Zanzibar,which has a population of one million people, has an HIV prevalence of0.6%, and about 180 new HIV cases are diagnosed annually on thearchipelago, according to a study conducted recently by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.In 2005, 729 people of the 13,817 who received HIV tests were found tobe HIV-positive -- up from 634 people who tested positive out of 13,577residents who received tests in 2004.

Shamuhuna said efforts tobolster Zanzibar's economy could be hindered if the spread of HIV/AIDSis not reduced. If the virus continues to spread, it could lead to areduction in the archipelago's work force, he added. Shamuhuna urgedthe Health Ministry to concentrate HIV prevention and treatment effortson rural villages and areas that are visited heavily by tourists (Xinhua News Agency, 10/16).

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