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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Greece on the breadline: HIV and malaria make a comeback

Greece is an example of what happens when the nanny state breaks down. In Athens, HIV and malaria are soaring. Greece is broke/bankrupt, its economy has tanked and its socialist paradise that was funded with mountains of debt is unsustainable and crumbling.
"The incidence of HIV/Aids among intravenous drug users in central Athens soared by 1,250% in the first 10 months of 2011 compared with the same period the previous year,...while malaria is becoming endemic in the south for the first time...Reveka Papadopoulos said that following savage cuts to the national health service budget, including heavy job losses and a 40% reduction in funding for hospitals, Greek social services were "under very severe strain, if not in a state of breakdown..."...The extraordinary increase in HIV/Aids among drug users, due largely to the suspension or cancellation of free needle exchange programmes, has been accompanied by a 52% increase in the general population. "We are also seeing transmission between mother and child for the first time in Greece," she said. "This is something we are used to seeing in sub-Saharan Africa, not Europe...."
Read the rest here
The Guardian 

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