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Gauteng health fails on HIV/Aids targets

Picture courtesy of Wiki Media Commons

Picture courtesy of Wiki Media Commons

From July to September this year 560 000 patients were on the Gauteng health department’s anti-retroviral treatment, compared to the 843 500 target.

This is according to the department’s second quarterly report released last week in the Gauteng Legislature covering the said period, Democratic Alliance Gauteng health spokesman Jack Bloom said in a statement.

According to Bloom the department blames the fact that it did not reach the target, on “poor data management” and says that data capturers have to be trained in tracking and tracing defaulters. “It is very disturbing that the department has lost track of so many patients.”

The male condom distribution rate is 9%, which is less than the 13% target. HIV testing coverage has fallen to a recorded rate of only 13% compared to the 95% target. Again, the department blames a lack of data capturers.

Cervical cancer screening is also low – 50% compared to the targeted 65%.

The department seems to have lost the ability to monitor its HIV/Aids treatment programme effectively. This is very serious and needs to be rectified urgently.

 

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