Greece to Cooperate With Armenia On AIDS Program

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Ministry of Public Health of Greece has expressed its desire to cooperate with Armenia on the program of treating HIV-carriers and AIDS patients with Armenicum. Director of the National AIDS Center Lev Zohrabian said Greece plans to send its specialists to Armenia to get acquainted with the program in more detail. The Ministry of Health of Armenia has agreed to provide them with such an opportunity.

Zohrabian announced that some 82 people diagnosed with HIV or AIDS were currently being treated in Armenia with Armenicum. He added that applications for treatment have increased both by Armenian and individuals living outside Armenia.

Zohrabian added that within the last month and a half–10 new cases of HIV have been reported in Armenia.

He reported that 53 patients from Russia–Ukraine–Molodova–Belarus–Georgia and the United States were currently being treated with Armenicum. Zohrabian said the list of patients from other countries had a potential to increase–since preliminary results have been proven to be stable.

He cited the example of Patient C from Ukraine–who reportedly arrived in Armenia with full-blown AIDS and in a such weak condition that according to Zohrabian he could not climb stairs without assistance. The AIDS Center director reported that following preliminary treatment with Armenicum–the patient was reportedly enrolled in physical therapy sessions and his motor skills have improved considerable.

Zohrabian added that the government of Armenia was setting strict regulations for patients going to Armenia for treatment–with a special emphasis on preventing the spread of HIV. He added that patients can receive treatment only with the approval of the National AIDS Center administration and given the proper documentation from their native physician. Without the proper documentation–a patient can be deported in accordance to Armenian laws.

Zohrabian said that with the assistance of the UN AIDS Awareness program–guidebooks have been published both for medical professionals administering the Armenicum treatmen’s and for the public at large on AIDS prevention and means of treatment.


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