YANGON (Xinhua) – Myanmar’s Ministry of Health plans to increase the supply of anti-HIV drugs from 60 per cent to 95 per cent of people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV) next year in a bid to control HIV infections in the country, official sources said Tuesday.
About 120,000 patients carrying HIV do not have access to medication yet in the Southeast Asian country, according to a survey.
Plans are underway to increase the allocation of the health- related budget for the purposes, U Myint Swe, Yangon Region chief minister, at an event marking World AIDS Day on Monday.
The ministry also planned to establish decentralised antiretroviral therapy sites in 150 locations across the country by the end of 2016 in order to ensure easy access to HIV services for the target population, Dr Aye Ko Ko, head of the Yangon Region Health Department, said.
There are over 180,000 HIV-infected people who are 15 years of age and above in the country.
The rate of HIV transmission in Myanmar has decreased to 0.47 per cent from 0.94 per cent.