HIV testing services to be available by 2020: Zahid

DHAKA Health and Family Welfare minister Zahid

Maleaque today said 'Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired

immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)' testing services would be available in

the country by 2020 aimed at screening the virus at the early stage.

The government would make the HIV/AIDS testing services available across

the country by 2020 while most of the people with HIV are unaware about their

infection. The only way to determine a person's HIV status is for them to

have an HIV test. Early diagnosis and treatment can help people not to

transmit the virus to others, he said.

The minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion

to mark 'The World AIDs Day' today at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB)

in the city's Farmgate area, said a press release.

The risk of the deadly disease, AIDS, is still prevailing in the country

due to geographical location, unawareness, uncontrolled behavior of the

vulnerable section of the people and fallacy among the people, he said.

Zahid called upon all for maintaining the conventional, religious, social

and family discipline to control or prevent the HIV. The government is

committed to bring down the rate of HIV into zero percent from the current

less than 0.01 percent by 2030, he added.

Director General of Health Services Dr Abul Kalam Azad presided over the

programme while Secretary of the ministry M Asadul Islam, HIV focal person

and Additional Secretary Rina Parveen, UNFPA Bangladesh representative Dr Asa

Torkelsson, WHO country representative Dr Mia Sapal spoke, among others.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)