By Staff Reporter
The government says it is aiming to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis by at least four percent in 2022.
This was said in a progress review meeting of stakeholders in the fight against the dual elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis recently.
The Minister of Health and Child Care, who is also the Vice President, General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga called for more efforts to reach the gold tier status after Zimbabwe’s neighbour Botswana attained silver tier status on eliminating mother to child transmission of the virus.
“In a similar vein, Zimbabwe is implementing the five year plan for elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis since 2018. The year 2022 is our fifth and final year of implementing this inaugural plan.
“We aspire to reach the gold tier on the path to elimination of HIV and Syphilis in 2022. We will need to evaluate how well we have implemented the activities outlined in this plan as we prepare ourselves for the following 5-year plan,” said Dr Chiwenga.