19 expecting women from Swakopmund refused ARV treatment in 2013

SWAKOPMUND: A total of 19 expecting women from Swakopmund in the Erongo Region allegedly refused anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment in 2013.

In the case of expecting mothers, the ARV drugs are used to avoid HIV being transmitted to unborn babies by their mothers.

Health Minister Richard Kamwi revealed this while officially opening clinics in the DRC informal settlement, Mondesa and Tamariskia here on Monday.

There are currently 2 740 HIV-positive pregnant women on ARV treatment at the Tamariskia clinic.

The minister used this opportunity to call on all regional politicians to join health officials in encouraging residents to go for HIV counselling and testing.

Kamwi said nobody should allow themselves to die of HIV/AIDS while Government provides treatment to prolong the lives of infected people, and saves the lives of children born to HIV-positive mothers.