Union Minister attends HIV-free ASEAN City Regional Meeting in Mawlamyine

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe delivers the speech at the HIV-free ASEAN City Regional Meeting at Royal Hintha Hotel in Mon State on 20 April.  Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe delivers the speech at the HIV-free ASEAN City Regional Meeting at Royal Hintha Hotel in Mon State on 20 April.  Photo: MNA

An HIV-free ASEAN City Regional Meeting hosted by Myanmar was held at Royal Hintha Hotel in Mon State, Mawlamyine, on the morning of 20 April.
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe and Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan attended the meeting and delivered speeches. Present at the meeting were health officials from eight ASEAN countries, officials from the Ministry of Health and Sports, Mon State Government ministers, Pyithu Hluttaw health and sports development committee chairman, Amyotha Hluttaw health, sports and culture committee chairman, Mon State Hluttaw Speaker, officials from the HIV/VD department, UN organisations, local and international NGOs, civil society organisations, personnel responsible and invited guests.
At first, Dr. Aye Zan explained the status of prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in Mon State.
Dr. Myint Htwe said that while HIV/AIDS had significantly declined due to the concerted efforts of all countries, people should not be satisfied with this and must observe from all angles the nature of the disease and its occurrence. Despite observations and inspections, there can still be hidden patients. ASEAN capital cities were seen to have raised the momentum of cooperation in providing effective treatment and conducting preventive works against HIV/AIDS, following the launch of the HIV/AIDS-free ASEAN Capital Cities project, with the aim of no new HIV infections, no discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients and no deaths from AIDS, in 2011.
Practical work processes and plans were set up in order to prevent and eliminate HIV/AIDS as a public health hazard, said the union minister.
Setting up supporting policies and laws for the success of the G2Z (Getting to Zero) project, obtaining news and information in real time, maintaining good coordination between related entities and ministries, and enthusiastic cooperation and participation of the public are essential requirements.
At the moment, the G2Z project is implemented in 50 cities, including Mawlamyine, from eight ASEAN countries and will be extended to Hpa-an and Myawady, said the union minister.
It is expected that from this meeting, valuable experiences, lessons and approaches of attending nations will be shared, and practical methods and solutions to eradicate HIV/AIDS can be discussed and discovered, and sustainable success can be achieved. Everyone is urged to work together by all means and from all angles to eradicate and prevent the resurgence of HIV/AIDS, added the union minister.
Later, the union minister and meeting attendees took a commemorative group photograph and observed the display booths.
After the meeting, the union minister and party inspected Paung Township Moattama Station Hospital, Paung Township People’s Hospital and the100-bed Thaton District Hospital. At the Thaton District Hospital, the union minister and party also inspected the kidney dialysis machine and medicines worth more than Ks66.2 million donated by Haji Daw Toe Kyi and donors and the 16-bed Sangha ward worth some Ks245.5 million built and donated by “Gilana Sangha Hospital Care” group.—Myanmar News Agency

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