KATHMANDU, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
said that the government would increase resources and speed up actions for
preventing, treating and controlling HIV/AIDS in the country, state-run daily
The Rising Nepal reported on Thursday.
"It is necessary to mount the attempts for prevention, treatment and
control of HIV/AIDS and the government will fulfill its every responsibility by
increasing resources and taking up measures to this end," Prime Minister M.K.
Nepal said addressing the second meeting of the National AIDS Council in Nepali
The Prime Minister, who is also the chairman of the Council, said, "I am
sad that this meeting is taking place after seven years and surprised to hear
that it has taken more than a year to prepare the draft of HIV/AIDS Act." The
meeting took place after seven years' gap.
He said that after he assumed the office he asked the secretaries to
provide him details which committees he headed and was patron of. "When I learnt
that the Council's meeting had not taken place for seven years, I instructed one
to be held immediately," Prime Minister Nepal said.
The Prime Minister also instructed all the ministers to hold meeting of all
the government agencies that they headed and take necessary steps for making
Nepal termed the issue of HIV/AIDS as an important development agenda.
"We are committed to fulfill the responsibility of the state in responding
to HIV/AIDS and we urge all the other organizations working in the field to
increase their resources and activities," Nepal said urging the international
community for their increased attention.
The Prime Minister urged all the government agencies working in the field
of HIV/AIDS including National Center for HIV/AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) to be
Dr. Laxmi Raj Pathak, director of NCAS, presented a report highlighting the
activities of the Center and a picture of HIV/AIDS status in Nepal.
He said that so far 70,000 people were estimated to have been infected with
the disease and that there were 200 VCT sites, 23 ART sites and 17 PMTCT sites
for treating, caring and preventing the transmission of the disease.
He said that the most risky places for the disease were the districts along
the East-West highway in southern Nepal bordering India.