Health officials in the central province of Quang Tri discussed ways to carry out a project on improving local people’s access to quality services in preventing HIV infection at a conference on December 11.

The 223,180 USD project, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will be implemented in three districts of Huong Hoa, Vinh Linh and Trieu Phong and Quang Tri town until 2017.

It will help enhance the professional capacity of health workers through holding refresher courses and provide equipment to communal health stations, particularly those in remote and border areas, while investing in epidemic monitoring systems at district and provincial levels.

The province now has 408 HIV carriers and AIDS patients. As many as 37 new infections were reported in the first 11 months of this year, mainly men aged between 20 and 39.-VNA