Vol. 5 Num 382 Fri. June 24, 2005  

Enact new laws to stop spread of HIV/Aids
Lawmakers tell discussion

Lawmakers at a discussion yesterday called for enacting new laws to help stop spreading of HIV/Aids and protect the victims.

They said being people's representatives, they have a crucial role to play against the deadly disease.

The MPs should visit their respective constituencies more often and discuss the issue with local people.

The discussion on 'Prevention of HIV/Aids and Human Trafficking' was organised by Bangladesh Parliament Member's Support Group (BPMSG) at a city hotel.

Lawmakers from the ruling BNP, Awami League, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jatiya Party took part in the discussion.

Speaking as chief guest, LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said this is not true that poor countries are more vulnerable to HIV/Aids than rich countries.

"If we can uphold our social and religious values, we could combat HIV/Aids," he said.

Presiding over the discussion, Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui said, "We have to prevent HIV/Aids before it spreads all over the country as we don't have enough money to face its devastation later."

He stressed the need for creating public awareness against the disease.

The lawmakers called for ensuring proper vigilance at land, sea and airports so that people coming from aboard could be screened.

They also called for engaging Imams (religious leader), teachers, and local government members to create awareness among the people.

Parliament Members Md Ashraf Hossain, Vice-principal Md Abdus Shahid, Lt Col (Retd) Faruk Khan, Dr Md Ali, Prof Dr Amanullah, and GM Kader also took part in the discussion.

Representatives from UNDP and UNAIDS also spoke on the occasion.