Published: April 7, 2019
Rapid HIV / AIDS testing will be free of charge in public hospitals in Cameroon for all populations from January 1, 2020, according to Health Minister Manaoude Malachie, published on Thursday.
The same fee applies to medical consultation and prenatal consultation for all people living with HIV / AIDS, biological control tests, early detection of children, antiretroviral drugs (ARV) and prevention of opportunistic infections, their collections.
Likewise, reagents and medicines related to all examinations and related services are now free of charge for healthcare facilities and laboratories selected by the Ministry of Health, in accordance with applicable national directives.
So far, the subsidized cost of biological monitoring was 5000 FCFA and the number of lymphocytes (CD4) 2500 FCFA, and the surveys are conducted semi-annually and / or annually, depending on the case.
Although known as free, treatments (ARVs) resulting from protocols 1 and 2 regularly experience stocks throughout the country, leading to strong accusations by associations of people living with HIV / AIDS.
In Cameroon, according to official figures, the overall pandemic spread rate was 3.4% in 2018, compared to 4.3% in 2011 and 3.9% in 2016. Moreover, the transmission of the mother to the child is from 7, 8% in 2012 increased to 0.1% in 2018.