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HIV/AIDS: Cameroon offers free HIV/AIDS services in hospitals
As the epidemic that is HIV or AIDS continues to plague many people in the world today, even more in recent years, scientists are doing all they can to develop a cure. Recently, Cameroon has implemented free HIV/AIDS services in their hospitals.
The Minister for Public Health in Cameroon issued a public order, stipulating free HIV/AIDS services to operate in all the hospitals in the country effective during the new year. The free services include testing, diagnosis, and treatment of people who are living with the disease. This measure would further make testing and treatment accessible to people. Along with hospitals, other affiliated community health centers are also going to implement the order, making access to treatment even more accessible in many places.
There are health centers in Yaounde that are not only implementing this measure, but they are also providing free consultations and follow-ups as well as taking preventative measures for patients who suffer from related diseases. The Yaounde Central Hospital for one, saw patients lining up for consultation, with some going on their checkup as the personnel consulted with them about their medical records for a more thorough follow-up.
All of the added measures that the clinics are taking are also free of charge. One patient expressed their gratitude towards the local government for going the extra mile in caring for people who are HIV-positive.
More and more countries and more organizations are continuously trying to make treatment and testing more accessible for individuals who may be at risk of developing the condition. In Namibia, the youth are taking charge of this movement, putting up an organization called HIV/AIDS, Disability, and Vulnerable Orphans Welfare Organization.
Their group aims to safeguard the rights of people who are HIV-positive, including those who are disabled, vulnerable, or are orphans. They safeguard their rights using the means of education, empowerment, and advocacy. As to what started this organization, 27-year old Angela Haiputa explained how personal the decision to start this organization was to her, upon seeing school children and those who are HIV-positive struggle to live their lives was what compelled her to set this up.
One of the long-term missions of the organization is to create job opportunities for people they support through growing a big garden and producing crops.