Mulanje District Registers Highest HIV Prevalence Rate

Mulanje district has highest HIV prevalence rate in the country than any other district, officials have revealed.

The HIV prevalence rate in the district continues to rise despite various interventions and currently it is at 17 percent higher than any other district.

The revelation comes at a time government has suspended provision of HIV testing and counseling adultery services in all districts across the country due to lack of test kits.

Monitoring Evaluation Officer for the Department of Health in the Ministry of Health Thoko Kaluwa disclosed last week that the ministry has only four months stock as such they are only prioritizing critical populations such as pregnant women in all government hospitals.

Kaluwa said the development has come due to delays in shipment of expected supplies in the country which are following the problems of limited supplies internationally.

Meanwhile executive director for Malawi health equity network (MEHEN) George Jobe has blamed government for failing to set its priorities right by underfunding the health sector.

Jobe argued that the issue will put lives of Malawians at risk and also greatly affect the country’s efforts in fighting HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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