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Zero cases

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, June 13, 2014

THERE have been zero cases of parent to child transmission of HIV/AIDS says Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma yesterday.

Dr Sharma said the Health Ministry was working to keeping the number from increasing and hoped it would remain at zero.

"We started the use of agents or drug medications which were given to the mothers who were infected and previously they took the medication in the later stages of pregnancies," Dr Sharma said.

"Moving into a World Health Organization guideline that was established last year following international assessment and study recommended that we start treating mothers much earlier.

"Rather than giving them 10 tablets we are giving them one tablet which contains three different agents."

He said if mothers took that one tablet a day they would be able to breastfeed their babies, but they needed to take the medication regularly, so that the child did not get infected.

"The ministry is keeping itself in line to international practices to improve the health of our people here in Fiji," he said.

The Minister launched the Prevention of Parent to Child Policy, Antiretroviral Care and Treatment Guideline and the Prevention of Parents to Child Policy Participants manual.