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Mozambique has about 2.2 million people who are living with HIV/AIDS, and the current prevalence rate stays at 13.2 percent among the population aged between 14 to 49 in the country, said the Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Tuesday.
In 2019, the country registered 120,000 new infections in adults, and 15,000 in children below the age of 14, according to the president who was speaking at the ceremony on the occasion of the World AIDS Day in Maputo.
The figure “demonstrates that we still have a long way to go in terms of adopting proven preventive means against infections by the disease,” said the president.
He said the COVID-19 is another challenge for the efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, which does not disappear with the emergence of COVID-19, and it should be everyone’s concern to fight the disease.
Statistics showed that the central province of Zambezia has the highest number of new infections, which stood around 27,000, followed by the province of Nampula, the only province that has a clearly growing trend.
The country managed to increase the number of people on antiretroviral treatment from around 10,000 in 2004, to over 1.3 million in 2020, said the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Combating HIV/AIDS Francisco Mbofana at the event.