CABINET has approved a total of $16.7 million to fight and manage HIV/AIDS, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday in addressing reports that five primary school pupils have tested positive for the illness.
Deyalsingh said Trinidad and Tobago is committed to the UNAIDS' “90-90-90” goal, which sets targets in terms of treatment and prevention for 2020 and 2030.
The goals cascade into one another and seek to test, inform and treat persons with HIV and to bring such persons to a point where the virus is undetectable in the bloodstream.
The goals look to bring testing, treatment and successfully-low viral loads to at least 90 per cent of infected persons in an area or country.
Deyalsingh, speaking at yesterday's post- Cabinet news briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair, said Cabinet last week approved $9 million for the purchase of two viral load testing machines, as the two machines now being used should have been replaced four years ago.
Cabinet also yesterday approved $7.7 million for the continued use of software over the next two years to track and compile data on HIV.