The World Aids Day will be observed today with the theme "Hands up for HIV Prevention" across the country as elsewhere in the world.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day.
In their separate message they appreciated steps taken at the national level to observe the day and thanked the concerned people in this regard.
The President and the Prime Minister said Bangladesh has successfully achieved different targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and HIV is one of them.
They also said the prevalence of the HIV is 0.01 per cent in Bangladesh, which is comparatively less than the neighboring countries.
"The prevalence of HIV is 0.01 per cent in our people which is good news for Bangladesh, a densely populated country while the prevalence of HIV is higher in neighboring countries than Bangladesh," President Abdul Hamid said.
He also urged the young generation of the country to play a pivotal role besides the government's initiative in preventing HIV.
Mentioning the prevalence of HIV in Bangladesh is 0.01 percent the Prime Minister said, "The roles of NGOs, development organizations and UN organizations besides the government's initiative to bring down the prevalence of AIDS in the country are appreciable."
She also hoped that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's dream of "Sonar Bangla" will be built by the implementation of "Vision 2021 and 2041" in the health sector of the country.
The Prime Minister said besides taking treatment and implementing awareness programme, the maintenance of religious and social discipline, keeping up family bonding, self-control and positive thinking are most important to control or prevent the HIV.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)