Vol. 5 Num 1022 Tue. April 17, 2007  

Bangladesh at high risk of HIV/AIDS
Says health adviser

More efforts and cooperation between the government and non-government agencies are required to combat HIV/AIDS, said Health Adviser ASM Matiur Rahman at a workshop in the city yesterday.

Existing programmes should also be strengthened, the adviser added.

He was speaking as a chief guest at a workshop on HIV/AIDS with the civil surgeons of 64 districts with a view to sharing updated information on HIV/AIDS situation and its response in Bangladesh.

It also aimed at establishing coordinated mechanism at district and upazila levels for supporting implementation with partners and to communicate government commitment on HIV/AIDS.

National AIDS/ STD Programme (NASP) and Save the Children-USA organised the workshop at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.

The health adviser said the figure with 874 HIV infected people is still in a manageable state, but there is nothing to feel content as Bangladesh is highly at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Dissemination of information, proper utilisation of fund, monitoring and evaluation is a must along with time bound initiatives, he added.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Jamil Osman said around 14,000 men and women across the world are being infected with HIV/AIDS everyday. Half of them are aged between 15 and 20 that means around 7,000 young people are being infected with HIV/AIDS daily.

Director General of Health Services Shahjahan Biswas presided over the inaugural session while among others Line Director of NASP SM Mustafa Anwar and Programme Manager Hanif Uddin also spoke.