27 Oct 2004

PNG AIDS Council launches new initiative against the disease

11:10 am on 27 October 2004

The National Aids Council of Papua New Guinea says it hopes the government will show leadership in the fight against HIV/Aids.

Latest figures in the capital indicate more than one hundred new cases are being reported each week by Port Moresby's General Hospital, and fourteen people are dying from AIDS or associated diseases every day.

The Council has been pushing for government agencies to take the lead in dealing with the problem under a national strategy plan.

A spokesman for the National Aids Council, Dr Ninkama Moya, says this week they will table a proposal aimed at getting a government response to the epidemic.

"Most government depts do not have any strategy in place for HIV prevention. And so our advocacy was basically for them to take ownership of the problem and have their own strategy developed for their own sectors. And how its going to happen is yet to be seen."

Dr Moya says the Council could organise workshops to help the public bodies develop appropriate strategies.