TAC questions government's readiness for test and treament programme

Government made an announced last week that all people living with HIV in South Africa are now eligible to receive treatment in the public and private healthcare system, regardless of their CD4 count.

General secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign, Anele Yawa says TAC welcomes this initiative by government as it means people can be put on treatment as soon as they diagnosed with HIV.

He says it will help improve life expectancy of those with the disease.

Also it has been proven that if you initiate someone on ARV earlier chances of that person transmitting the virus to someone are very slim.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

TAC is concerned that the number of people who will be illegible to receive ARV's is going to increase in the public sector while the sector itself is still experiencing operational problems.

He says there are still problems of staff shortage and hospitals are often running out of the ARV's, turning the public away without medication.

Before we start this, have we managed as the country to feed the public health care system so that it doesn't compromise members of the public.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

For us it is not only about the number of people who are going to be put on treatment, it is also about the quality.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

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