|Posted on Tuesday, 18-05-2010|
June leaves Mon State with unprecedented HIV-AIDS death rate
Wed 01 Jul 2009, IMNA, Rai Maraoh and Roi Mon
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported more than a 100 percent increase in HIV-AIDS deaths in Mon State in the last two months.
Responsible for supplying over 200 HIV-AIDS patients with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines, the organization told reporters that the number of new and developing cases may still be on the rise.
“At the end of June we had a meeting to review our work…this month [June] 11 of our patients died, which has never happened before,” said one IOM staff member who works in Mudon Township. In contrast, 5 patient deaths were reported in May.
Since early 2007, when IOM began its medicine distribution in Mon State, workers told IMNA that there has been a variance in whether or not there will be recorded deaths in any given month, but that this number is startlingly high.
In fact, this development occurred in light of the IOM’s doubling of the number of HIV-positive patients issued the medicine in April and June—from 100 to 200.
“Most HIV and AIDS patients need ARVs, though many don’t get enough [oftentimes none at all]. But some of them didn’t take the drugs regularly, and that’s [part of the reason] why the patient deaths have increased this month [June],” said another member of the IOM staff. Continue reading “The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported more than a 100 percent increase in HIV-AIDS deaths in Mon State in the last two months.”