Oman steps up fight against AIDS

Fathallah Mukhlis
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Oman is intensifying its efforts to confront the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) to protect its citizens from infection with the virus, particularly the youth segment, and help those who suffer from the disease to integrate into the community and receive treatment.

Oman’s Ministry of Health has recorded 2,000 infections over the past 25 years. Around 30% of these people had died by the end of 2009, and the government is currently working to secure antiretrovirals for about 825 cases in 2015.

In mid-December, the Directorate General of Health Services in Dhofar province conducted a weeklong AIDS awareness campaign at the College of Applied Sciences Hall in Salalah on the occasion of World AIDS Day (December 1st), a date dedicated to the fight against AIDS.

Such awareness efforts include educating health workers in both the public and private sectors, and holding numerous, varied health events, activities and lectures targeting all segments of society, among them university, college and school students, said Dr. Amira bint Abdul Mohsen al-Raaidan, a senior psychologist at the addiction department of al-Masarra Hospital.

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