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Vietnam yields achievements in fight against HIV/AIDS: Misniter

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said Vietnam has yielded remarkable achievements in the fight against the pandemic HIV/AIDS.

The minister spoke this at a conference to review 20 years of HIV/AIDS prevention and control in Vietnam held in Hanoi on Dec. 1 by the Ministry of Health and the National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control. He said the country has been successful in containing the rate of HIV infection transmission under 0.3 percent of the population.

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan hands medals to Earmon Murphy and Mitchell Wolfe

The Southeast Asia nation has implemented prevention and control programs, healthcare services and support to HIV infected people.

However, the country still faces some challenges and high risk of outbreak because more people have unsafe sex relations. In addition, the rate of infected women and children has increased.

Speaking at the meeting, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan applauded the efforts and the contributions of relevant agencies, individuals and international organizations in the fight. Doan pointed out the entire machinery of state and people must raise their awareness about the epidemic.

At the meeting, individuals and organizations received Labor certificates and merit certificates of the President and the Prime Minister for their great contributions in the fight. Moreover, on the behalf of Vietnamese government, Ms. Doan  handed the Friendship Medal to Earmon Murphy, Country Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS in Vietnam , and Mitchell Wolfe, Country Director of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Vietnam.

The country now has 228,680 people infected with HIV/AIDS, including 48,368 people who have died of the disease. Vietnam reports 15,000 new infected HIV people each year. Ho Chi Minh City has high rate of HIV infections in the country.

To prevent the spread of the fatal disease, in 2010, 43 cities and provinces distributed safe syringes and needles and 60 cities and provinces distributed free condoms.

Source: SGGP

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