Under the banner Know your serostatus”, on the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Salomon Nguema Owono, in his message to the population, praised progress in response to the illness since 1988.
Three out of four people living with the virus know their serostatus, affirmed the minister, at the start of his message to the population to mark this commemorative day.
He also said that there was still a long way to go, and that the way forward was through those with the virus that were not aware of their serostatus, and to guarantee that they had access to quality preventive care services.
In addition, he mentioned that the detection of viral antibodies is essential in order to increase treatment, and assure those affected of the possibility to lead healthy productive lives.
Furthermore, he praised the efforts by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his desire to oversee the health of Equatoguineans, ensuring free voluntary diagnosis for all Equatoguineans and expatriates that are in need, just as free antiretroviral medicines are provided for the entire population, including monitoring testing, such as the viral load and the CD4 lymphocyte count, among others.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office