17 Aug 2010

Calls for Indonesia's govt to be more serious about curbing HIV/AIDS

10:48 am on 17 August 2010

An Indonesian legislator is calling on the government to be more serious in curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Indonesian province of Papua.

Yorris Raweyai comment is in response to reports that 144 military servicemen had tested positive for the condition, four of the soldiers have died.

Mr Raweyai told the Jakarta Globe the government should be more serious in handling and

anticipating the spread of the deadly disease among the people and military personnel.

He says prevention is not easy but if the government is serious, the spread of HIV/AIDS in Papua can be stopped.

The prevalence of the disease in Papua is the highest among all provinces in Indonesia.