[dehai-news] (Shabait) World AIDS Day marked nationwide

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From: Yemane Natnael (yemane_natnael@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 13:54:12 EST

World AIDS Day marked nationwide
By Staff
Dec 2, 2008, 13:04

Asmara, 2 December 2008 - World AIDS Day was marked yesterday nationwide under the theme “Enhancing Community Role in preventing HIV/AIDS”.

Speaking at a gathering held in Asmara at regional level, the Administrator of the Central region, Mr. Tewolde Kelati, noted that the Government is giving top priority to the task of preventing the spread of the infection and stressed the major contribution religious institutions are making to this end.

Indicating that the number of voluntary testing centers and persons visiting them has increased and that premarital HIV/AIDS checkup is gaining momentum, Mr. Tewolde pointed out that the regional administration is doing its level best to improve the living standard of people living with the disease.

Mr. Tewolde further stressed the significance of emulating the experience of other countries in preventing the epidemic in a manner that conforms to the culture and tradition of the society. He explained that new programs have been mapped out to supply the public with adequate information and knowledge so as to put the spread of HIV/AIDS under full control. To this end, the Administrator called on every citizen to exert unremitting effort.

Different programs, including general knowledge contest, sports activities and cultural shows were staged on the occasion to highlight the event.

Meanwhile, in a statement it issued in connection with the Day observed at a similar gathering in Ginda town at the national level, the Ministry of Health indicated that World AIDS Day reminds us all to renew our commitment in preventing the spread of the virus and supporting and caring to people living with HIV/AIDS. It also outlined the encouraging achievements registered in providing counseling and testing service, raising the awareness of the society, prevention of the infection transmitted from mother to child, quickly identifying sexually transmitted diseases, ensuring safe blood transfusion, effective distribution and usage of condom and the like.

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