70,000 children with HIV

Some 70,000 SA children live with HIV/Aids and need anti-retroviral treatment, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

The Minister was visiting the Pelonomi regional hospital in Bloemfontein for discussions with local health officials.

Motsoaledi said his visit’s focus was to establish whether government health programmes, such as the ARV programme, were implemented at ground level.

“Is it happening on the ground? Do the managers know what must happen and do they work?”   

Motsoaledi said HIV/Aids was South Africa’s single biggest health problem.

The Free State had the third largest number of people living with HIV/Aids after KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

The minister said South Africa had R4.2 billion for its programme.

Children born with HIV/Aids immediately go onto a treatment programme.

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