Despite noticeable strides the government has made in the HIV and AIDS response, the disease is still a formidable threat in the country, Executive Director in the Health and Social Services Ministry Ben Nangombe has said. Nangombe, Nampa reports, made the remarks at a one-day National AIDS Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, where he highlighted thhe statistics from a recent report of the Namibia Statistics Agency revealed that AIDS remains the leading cause of mortality in the country with 2 928 deaths recorded in 2017. He said the country’s HIV estimate data shows that Namibia has only reduced HIV related deaths by 35 per cent between the periods of 2010 and 2020, which still falls short of the envisaged international target of 75 per cent reduction in AIDS-related deaths by 2020.