World AIDS Day marked

Date: 06/12/2018 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

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“HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment services to all HIV patients and ensuring that all of them lead healthy and productive lives,” said Pak Jong Min, department director of the Ministry of Public Health, in an event observing World AIDS Day-2018 which was held at the Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang on December 4.

Addressing the event, he said WHO has set the theme for World AIDS Day this year which marks its 30th anniversary as “Know your status”.

The event brought together resident officers of the missions of international organizations, members of diplomatic missions of different countries in Pyongyang and officials from the sector of public health and relevant units.

He said that governmental concern for the prevention of HIV/AIDS has increased further in the DPRK and strenuous efforts are being made to keep off HIV/AIDS by intercepting all potential risks of HIV infection or transmission. Health facilities should intensify HIV test for those with STIs with thoroughgoing test of blood products and disinfection of medical instruments including syringe, carry on consultation and test on HIV/AIDS in a responsible manner, and strengthen surveillance, evaluation and control of the disease, he noted.

Thushara Fernando, WHO representative in the DPRK, said that he was happy to note the commitment of the DPRK to ensure that it maintains zero HIV status and called for renewing the commitment to the cause of HIV prevention and treatment in a manner that is accessible to all, under the overarching umbrella of universal health coverage.

There were an explanation about HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities in the DPRK and a video show.

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