Bangladesh must continue efforts to end AIDS by 2030: Nasim

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim today said Bangladesh has been successful in controlling HIV and AIDS and it must continue the existing efforts to end these sexually transmitted diseases by 2030.

"The government along with local and international organizations would be able to free the country from HIV and AIDS," he told a discussion in the Osmani Memorial Auditorium here.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Biman Kumar Saha, Director General of Directorate General of Health Service Professor Abul Kalam Azad and Director General of Directorate of Family Planning Dr Wahid Hossain, among others, addressed the discussion with Health Secretary Sirajul Islam in the chair.

Nasim said, "Blood banks are being set up in the country in unsafe manner.... It will be banned immediately to protect the people from HIV and AIDS diseases."

The reported number of HIV positive cases in the country was 4,143 with estimated number of nearly 9,000, according to the statistics of UNAIDS Bangladesh.

They said among the 4,143 HIV positive cases, 600 died meaning Bangladesh has now over 3000 HIV and AIDS patients.

Bangladesh is on track to end HIV and AIDS by 2013, it must maintain the ongoing intervention efforts to reach the target, health experts said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)