The National Committee for Prevention and Control of AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution launched the national month for HIV/AIDS prevention Sunday in the northern province of Nam Dinh under the theme “No new HIV infections”.
The committee was responding to the global theme adopted for World AIDS Day for the period 2011-2015. The World AIDS Campaign selected the theme “Zero infections” with an aim to reduce Aids infections to zero with zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.
At the launch ceremony of the month long campaign from November 10 to December 10, Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Chairman of the national committee, said Vietnam had made remarkable progress since the first HIV carrier was detected in the country 21 years ago. The numbers of HIV infections and AIDS fatalities have declined in the last 3 years.
Mr. Phuc proposed that officials and residents must both help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. Heads of organizations and agencies should be the first in the fight against HIV. Families and social organizations should strengthen assistance towards HIV carriers and AIDS patients and not discriminate them in society.
The healthcare sector and related departments should provide more social services to meet demands for HIV prevention, said the Deputy PM.
According to the latest Ministry of Health’s statistics, the country presently has 193,350 HIV infected people. More than 9,000 people tested positive for the deadly virus in Vietnam since the beginning of the year. 3,723 of these turned out to be AIDS patients and 1,394 succumbed to the deadly disease. Compared to last year, the numbers have declined relatively.