Guinea has opened its first medical centre for the free treatment of HIV patients who are in an advanced state of their illness, BBC Afrique reports.

Guinea opens free-access HIV care centre

The centre in Conakry, the capital, will also serve as an Aids training and research facility.

According to UNAids estimates from last year, Guinea which has a 1.6% prevalence rate of the disease, recording about 120,000 people infected with the HIV virus.

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In 2015, the disease killed 4,600 people in the country.

The director of the new centre, Mouhamed Cisse, told BBC:

Our medical system had many difficulties when it came to providing quality care to people living with HIV, to people infected with opportunist diseases. This centre has been created as a [response to that].”
The BBC’s Makeme Bamba in Conakry says HIV patients in Guinea do get free care, but existing services are sub-standard with a lack of organisation as the main problem.

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The new centre will have specialists to provide a quality service.

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