Angolan HIV Cases Surge to 1 Million, Officials Say
February 12, 2003
Angolan Health Minister Albertina Hamukwaya said Wednesday that Angola has at least 1 million HIV cases, and the virus could spread quickly among its 13 million people unless preventative measures improve. Hamukwaya told a news conference that the national total of HIV cases was likely even higher because the estimate of 1 million cases was based on a government survey of just four of Angola's 18 provinces. Angola's health service was devastated by a two-decade civil war, noted Michel Sidibe, the top UN official for AIDS in Africa. According to Sidibe, poor education levels, inadequate health services and 4 million displaced people gathered in mostly overcrowded cities are creating the ingredients for "an explosive increase" in the number of cases.Adapted from:
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