China Daily: HIV/AIDS proposals announced for 2005

The China Daily reports on a proposed national database of patients:

Several critical steps will be taken this year to solve problems in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, senior officials said on Friday.

“One question is that we are still blind about some vital aspects of HIV/AIDS control,” said Wang Longde, vice-minister of health. For example, only 12.7 per cent of the estimated 840,000 HIV carriers are registered with the health authorities…

There should be a national database of patients’ medical records to make treatment more efficient…The Ministry of Health has vowed to establish this kind of database, with entries for every reported HIV/AIDS patient. Doctors will be able to use the information to work out when to administer anti-viral medicines, and in what doses.

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