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Minister at workshop:
Cost for treating
HIV/Aids not known
While this country has saved close to $55 million
in HIV/Aids antiretroviral drugs over the last year
the total cost of HIV/Aids treatment in this coun-
try is still not known as it took into account several
variables including personnel, equipment and the
loss of productivity.
Making the comments was Health Minister Terrence
Deyalsingh who delivered the feature address at the launch
of T&T System of Health Accounts Sensitisation Work-
shop held at the Works Ministry, Port-of-Spain yesterday.
He said due to the lack of data it meant that spending
was not being accurately measured but added that initi-
atives would be put in place to address this."What are we
really spending as a society on HIV/Aids? But we know we
spend about $40 billion a year on drugs," Deyalsingh said.
He said the $55 million saved on HIV/Aids antiretroviral
drugs was due to access from the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO) strategic fund. The minister said the
drugs were no longer being brought in by local distrib-
utors but were purchased directly from the PAHO fund,
resulting in "a lot of profit being cut out."
"We reviewed the protocols also for oncology where we
would provide a guaranteed supply of a basket of drugs
and also for HIV/Aids. "Also we are relying more on the
PAHO strategic fund to purchase these drugs and this
would make the drugs more accessible and more affordable
at all the sites that we want to make them available. We
have saved $55 million without jeopardising the amount
of drugs and we have also ordered more," Deyalsingh said.
Asked about the availability of HIV/Aids drugs especially
in rural areas the minister said such difficulties no longer
existed as the protocols regarding drug classification has
He said HIV/Aids strategies were also expected to be
strengthened with the reintroduction of the US's (Pres-
ident's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) aimed
at assisting small countries like T&T.
Deyalsingh said when the HIV/Aids Coordinating Unit
was placed under the previous health ministry it"lost some
momentum and focus" and access to PEPFAR funding
was temporarily stopped.
"It took me about a year to save PEPFAR and I am hop-
ing we would continue to benefit from PEPFAR in the
new financial year. So it's a total revamp of our HIV/Aids
response," Deyalsingh said.
He said close to 11,000 are living with HIV and of that
figure 80 percent know their status.
"We need to get that figure up by 90 percent and then
those 90 percent should be on drugs and 90 percent who
are drugs should have their viral load suppressed enough
to be HIV free.
"And that is how the world is going to move....to being
HIV free by 2020," Deyalsingh said.
Regarding the infection rate, he said there was an in-
crease of this in men over 50 and in teenaged girls over 15.
Saying that education was key, Deyalsingh said there
could be a "whole new generation coming up" which could
be unaware of what the toll of HIV/Aids entailed. GA
New App launch for CAPE, CSEC results
With the Caribbean Advanced Profi-
ciency Examination (CAPE) and the Car-
ibbean Secondary Education Certificate
(CSEC) results scheduled to be released in
about two weeks, CXC has made it easier
for students to access their results via its
newly launched CXC Connect App which
would enable students to access their ex-
amination results in real-time as soon as
they are released.
Speaking on CNC 3's Morning Brew pro-
gramme yesterday CXC 's public information
and customer services, Cleveland Sam, said
students could now literally have their results
in their back pockets wherever they go.
He said the App was aimed at enhancing
stakeholder interaction and communication
and by extension improving stakeholder sat-
isfaction. The App, Sam added, also signalled
another step in the organisation's electronic age
as CXC entailed e-marking, e-testing, e-SBAs
"The launch of CXC's first mobile App is
therefore a natural step in progression forward
on the ICT journey of the CXC," Sam said. He
described CXC Connect App as "a marriage
of technology and education" and "a start of
something exciting." Director of Operations at
CXC, Stephen Savoury, who was also spoke on
the Morning Brew, said 19 territories in the re-
gion dealt directly with CXC daily, adding that
such services varied.
He said the aim of the App was to provide
a new avenue for students to engage the CXC
saying "In addition to the hundreds of thou-
sands of students preparing for exams, CXC
also interacts with about 10,000 stakeholders
across the region and the world during the year.
"This App allows us the opportunity to
provide a ubiquitous experience for our stake-
holders." Savoury said the App was not a static
application but one that would be enhanced
regularly to provide users with more products
and services, in the future.
The five main features of the App are news
feed, Frequently Asked Questions, live chat,
events and examinations results. The CXC Connect App
is designed for Android and iOS devices. These include
mobile and tablet devices and can be downloaded from
the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. The App was
initially launched in Barbados last Wednesday and is ex-
pected to be launched in Guyana on Monday.
This year, for the May/June 2017 exams, CAPE results
would be available to candidates online and on the App on
August 12, the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level
Competence (CCSLC)will be available on August 15, and
the CSEC results available on August 16.
The App also has the potential to give information on
registration and exam dates, and also offers a chat feature
with five categories, namely learning support resources,
general examination results, e-testing, transcripts and
certificates. Additionally, persons can send voice notes,
attach documents and explore upcoming events.
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