The Chengdu Municipal Center for Disease Control & Prevention announced that the prevention and treatment of AIDS will be included into the government's objectives in 2011, according to Sichuan Online and West China City Daily.
An AIDS division will be set up in every district and county's centre for disease control and prevention, focusing on quantitative assessment. About 900,000 people are expected to undergo the preliminary screening test for AIDS this year. More than 10% of the rural and community health organisations are expected to be able to carry out rapid HIV testing. It is unclear if the screenings are imposed or voluntary.
The government's commitment to step up such efforts was reiterated at the AIDS prevention and cure work-plan meeting on March 10, by Chengdu's Health Bureau Head of Department for Disease Control & Prevention, Jia Yong, reported Chengdu Daily.
At the meeting, Jia also said that all medical organisations ranked Class II and above, as well as all mother and children health groups will be equipped with basic screening facilities. The costs incurred by social organisations will be absorbed by the government.