Fiji Time: 10:26 PM on Friday 20 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

President queries 2013 AIDS figures

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau believes those responsible for tallying the number of HIV/AIDS cases reported around the country last year may be "sleeping on the job".

"Twenty-eight days into the new year and the ministry does not have the relevant figures of cases from 2013," he said.

"We still do not have figures of HIV/AIDS from last year because there is someone who is sleeping on the job and not doing their job out there."

He made the comment while speaking to students of Labasa Sangam College during his HIV/AIDS awareness campaign yesterday

Ratu Epeli added that with HIV/AIDS one would want to know the bad news as soon as possible and not wait around and have to ask for information.

"Fiji is still rated a low HIV/AIDS prevalence country but the occurrence of HIV has been increasing steadily since the country's first case in 1989," he said.

"In the last four years, the nation recorded 43 cases in 2009, while 33 cases were reported in 2010, 54 cases for 2011 and 62 cases for 2012.

"Now out of the combined total of 116 cases in 2011 and 2012, 100 were from the iTaukei population, while 11 cases were in the Fijians of Indian decent populace and 4 in the others category."

Ratu Epeli said 70 per cent of the 62 cases from 2012 were from the Central and the Western divisions within the provinces of Rewa and Tailevu.

"In December 2012 there were a cumulative total of 482 registered cases of people living with HIV out of which 243 were males and 232 females while seven were unknown.

"The majority of the cases were from the Central Division followed by the Western Division and the Northern Division."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61840.5994
JPY 56.315753.3157
GBP 0.37500.3670
EUR 0.41770.4057
NZD 0.71070.6777
AUD 0.63150.6065
USD 0.49690.4799

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 20th, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Sweets for the homeless
  2. Sex video goes viral
  3. 'I accepted death'
  4. Police to get payout
  5. Rainima is first in China
  6. No comment from ex-scholars association on sex video
  7. Probe delay
  8. Hopes and dreams of family go up in smoke
  9. Machine not working
  10. Family makes homemade diya

Top Stories this Week

  1. Man allegedly hit by bulldozer blade, dead Tuesday (17 Oct)
  2. Miranda turns to sex work to survive Thursday (19 Oct)
  3. Final in mind Monday (16 Oct)
  4. Faith, a true survivor against all odds Tuesday (17 Oct)
  5. Villagers pass around eTransport card Monday (16 Oct)
  6. Unsolved mystery of MV Joyita Sunday (15 Oct)
  7. Plans for Bati Sunday (15 Oct)
  8. Dreams do come true Thursday (19 Oct)
  9. Bati visits Ra villages Tuesday (17 Oct)
  10. Young lass laments mom's demise from cancer Monday (16 Oct)