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Libyan Newswire

WHO warns of AIDS Spread in Libya.

Tripoli, World Health organization has warned of the increasing rate of the spread of AIDS in Libya. Libya's WHO office spokesman, Ahmed Salem said in press statement Monday that; 'Registered carriers of HIV virus in Libya estimated at about 6330 individuals'. The UN spokesman said the latest assessment made by WHO of the health system in Libya revealed complete collapse of the medical services in terms of purchasing of medicine and its distribution. The year 2016 witnessed major deterioration of the Libyan health system, caused by the acute shortages of medical supplies, and anti-AIDS drugs, across the country causing the death of many virus infected people, he added. Salem explained that among the causes that led to spread of the disease during 2005 - 2011 were the people were unaware of how HIV spreads and how to live with the infected people, besides economic and political causes experienced by the country including illegal immigration, and AIDS stigma in Libyan society, hindering WHO's HIV preventive programmes and plans.

Source: Libya News Agency

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