By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, June 25, 2012
On June 23, during a press conference in Rabat, Hussein El Ouardi, the Minister of Health, evinced his worry about the growing number of HIV cases in Morocco. Up to 2011, “the number in question, had been estimated at 29,000,” he said. Out of this number, 6,453 had been diagnosed as suffering from AIDS.
On the occasion of the official, national campaign for AIDS diagnosis, the Health Minister, in partnership with some associations in the field, clarified that the testing operations would cover 200 health centers and that eight mobile units would set out to sensitize as many citizens as possible to the risks they faced.
Equally importantly, the Minister pointed out that 80% of the victims of the lethal virus are completely unaware that they have contracted aids. This must principally be attributed for the spread of the chronic disease, particularly when testing for the disease are somewhat absent.
Through its statistics, the Ministry of Health confirmed that 100,000 people are likely to have fallen prey to the deadly virus and therefore are in dire need of a treatment through antibiotics. Thus far, 40% of the aforementioned infected people have received treatment.
According to the same sources, it is stated that the occurrence of the disease is more rampant among sexually promiscuous people in Agadir and among syringe-using drug-takers in Naddor.
In this regard, Agadir, Marrakech, and Casablanca constitute the major cities where AIDS has been detected, with 58% of the reported cases; 78% of AIDS cases are found in urban areas in Morocco.
It is also reported that most of the recently reported cases comprise adolescents and adults between age 25 and 44. The ministry has launched a campaign as a wake-up call and is setting certain objectives and strategies to combat the spread of the life-threatening phenomenon. Among the strategies are to launch sensitizing campaigns all over the country and to offer free-of-charge sedative treatment.