68 Per Cent Rise in Aids Deaths
March 13, 2003
Posted to the web March 13, 2003
THE number of HIV-infected prisoners in
Namibia rose by 68 per cent from 2000 to 2001, a report
released this week said.
The number of HIV-positive inmates
increased by 212 (from 311 to 523) from 2000 to 2001, the
Ministry of Prisons and Correctional Services says in its
Deaths caused by AIDS complications rose
from 17 to 41, while six people were released on the
recommendation of medical officers because they were seriously
ill as a result of AIDS.
Forty prisoners died outside hospital
and only one died in a prison hospital.
Prisons authorities have introduced a
special medical diet for AIDS and TB patients.
In 2001, 378 prisoners were recommended
to receive special diets.
According to the report, 3 396 inmates
were involved in the Ministry's HIV-AIDS programme.
"This is a combined programme,
which consists of counselling of positive-tested HIV-AIDS
inmates and information awareness programmes," the report
HIV has also been taking the lives of
The death rate went up from 13 in 2000
to 16 during the year 2001.