25 Oct 2004

One hundred new HIV/AIDS cases being reported in PNG's Port Moresby hospital each week

1:06 pm on 25 October 2004

Papua New Guinea's Health Department says more than one hundred new HIV/AIDS cases are being reported by Port Moresby's General Hospital every week.

The National Capital District AIDS Committee chairman, Elly Temu, who produced figures, says fourteen people die from AIDS and its associated diseases each day.

He says at this rate, there would be 10 thousand infections a month within less than ten years.

And, Mr Temu says current indications suggested that the worst of the epidemic would be centred in the National Capital District.

He says everybody will suffer the effects of the epidemic as the expected decrease in the population led to cost of living increases, a fall in gross domestic production and consequent increases in inflation.

Mr Temu was speaking at a meeting to form PNG Wise, an umbrella organisation aimed at co-ordinating all HIV/AIDS programmes in the country.