PSNews – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has called on society to join efforts to achieve the United Nations’ 90-90-90 Goals in HIV/AIDS prevention and control by 2020, while urging all people not to discriminate people with HIV.
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Hai Duong Provincial People Committee, on November 26, held a meeting in response to the National Action Month for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (November 10 – December 10) and World AIDS Day (December 1).
|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam calls for no discrimination against HIV carriers.
Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasized that Vietnam is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to commit itself to the United Nations’ 90-90-90 Goals by 2020.
To achieve the goal, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, Vietnam should implement preventive measures against the disease, and at the same time, raise people’s awareness of the disease.
Moreover, relevant agencies should educate the whole society to sympathize with HIV patients or people at risk of HIV infection and create favorable conditions for them to be treated with ARV while avoiding discrimination against them, underscored Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam then has called on society to join hands in achieving the United Nations’ 90-90-90 Goals in HIV/AIDS by 2020.
Citing the Joint United Nations’ Program on HIV/AIDS report, the Department for HIV/AIDS Prevention under the Ministry of Health released that there are more than 36.7 million people infected with HIV now and around 35 million have died of AIDS in the world.
In Vietnam, the country has implemented a number of comprehensive, effective measures and provided support and treatment for people with HIV/AIDS to reduce the number of newly infected cases.
As a result, 2017 is the 10th consecutive year Vietnam has seen a drop in the number of HIV newly contracted cases, and the number of AIDS patients and the number of HIV/AIDS deaths have also reduced.
In spite of the advantages and achievements, HIV prevention work in Vietnam is facing many difficulties and challenges.
After the meeting, students and members of the armed forces took part in a parade to call on all people to join hands in preventing and fighting HIV/AIDS.By Phung Nguyen