World Aids Day today
News Desk || risingbd.com
World Aids Day is being observed today (Tuesday) across the country in line with the health safety regulations as elsewhere in the globe.
The theme of this year’s World Aids Day is “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.”
The day has been observed since 1988 to create mass awareness against Aids across the world. According to the UN declaration, the involvement of people from all walks of life is very important to eradicate AIDS from Bangladesh by 2030.
According to the Global HIV & AIDS statistics — 2020 fact sheet by UNAIDS, 38 million people globally were living with HIV in 2019 and 1.7 million people became newly infected with HIV last year.
Around 690, 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2019.
According to different statistics of national and international organizations, currently around 13,000 HIV patients are living in the country. Of the total number, 6,606 have so far been brought under treatment.
Health and Family Welfare Ministry will organize a seminar and exhibition at Shilpakala Academy at 12 pm, and Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque will address the program as the chief guest.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day wishing all-out success of the programmes marking the day.
The President, in his message, said, “AIDS is a deadly disease, although the rate of HIV infection is low among the general population in Bangladesh, the risk of AIDS is high due to geographical location, unawareness, uncontrolled behavior of at-risk populations, prejudices and misconceptions.”
Therefore, in addition to remedies, it is necessary to create awareness in the prevention of AIDS, remove prejudices and take effective steps to change behavior, he said.
The Prime Minister, in her message, said, “Our government is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on HIV / AIDS, which aims to eradicate AIDS from the country by 2030 and if we all work together, we will be able to fo it.”
“We have taken groundbreaking steps to ensure health care for every person living with HIV / AIDS, as a result, HIV detection tests are being carried out under full government management and supervision and free AIDS treatment and medicines are being provided to the infected people,” said the premier.
Both of them wished the success of the day.