Nearly US$26 million spent on upgrading drug detox facilities during 2016-2020

Friday 12/03/2021 10:00

VGP - A total of VND600 billion (nearly US$26 million) was allocated from the State budget during the 2016-2020 period to 38 cities and provinces to upgrade and repair drug detoxification facilities, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) announced on March 12.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha said nearly 173,000 people were weaned off drugs at detox facilities during the period.

Further efforts will be made to improve the quality and efficiency of drug detoxification programmes over the next five years.

The ministry has set a target of 100% of detox facilities and other facilities that provide detox services in the community to receive investment to ensure detoxification efforts are successful.

There are currently 97 public drug detox facilities around Viet Nam.

A total 213,097, or 85% of all people in Viet Nam infected with HIV, were aware of their status as of September, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Viet Nam is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to commit to realizing the 90-90-90 target set by the UN.

At present, nearly 151,000 HIV-infected people aware of their status have undergone antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, accounting for 75%, while 96% of ARV-treated patients have had the virus suppressed.

The country is making every effort to have 95% of HIV carriers aware of their status, 95% of whom are to access sustained ARV therapy and 95% of such patients are to have the virus suppressed.

The targets are key to efforts to erase AIDS in Viet Nam by 2030, in accordance with the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control to 2030.

Since 2018, Viet Nam has worked tirelessly to promote Undetectable=Untransmittable, or U=U (K=K in Vietnamese) - a campaign that encourages people living with HIV to undergo continual ARV treatment to have their viral load suppressed and stop the virus from being passed on.

In the national strategy for ending AIDS by 2030, Viet Nam targets bringing the number of newly-detected infections to under 1,000 a year, while fatalities linked to HIV/AIDS are to be less than one per 100,000 people.

By Thuy Dung


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