National Assembly deputy speaker stresses upon Parliamentarian to play their due role to create awareness amongst masses regarding HIV/AIDS

Islamabad, June 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has stressed upon the Parliamentarian to play their due role to create awareness amongst the masses regarding the HIV/AIDS. He said that to sensitize the public about HIV/AIDS is our national obligation and we all must play our role to eradicate this crippling disease from the country. He expressed these views while chairing a presentation regarding HIV/AIDS presented by the representatives of UNAID at Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker has said that HIV/AIDS was the issue of concern for whole the world and this crippling disease were also spreading rapidly in Pakistan. He said that according to statistical survey more than 80,000 people in Pakistan was suffering from this fatal disease. He said that lack of awareness and education was the major cause of spreading of this disease.

He further said stringent efforts and comprehensive strategy were needed to get rid of this deadly disease. He was of the opinion that Parliamentarian could play vital role to create awareness amongst the masses about this deadly disease. He appreciated the role of UNAIDS for their efforts and support to eradicate this crippling disease from Pakistan.

Mr. Marc Saba, UNAIDS Regional Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan highlighted issue related to HIV/AIDS in Pakistan and expressed his concerned regarding the current picture of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan. He said that national leadership can play vital role to curtail this issue. He assured all out technical and financial support and cooperation of USAIDS to find way out for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Rajwal Khan representative of UNAID gave a detailed briefing on HIV/AIDS and presented facts and figures about this disease. He said that the situation regarding epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan was alarming and needed special attention. The members of National Assembly gave their suggestions and decided to constitute a committee which will work at Divisional level under the supervision of concerned member of the Parliament who sensitize the public about HIV/AIDS.

The Presentation was attended by the MNAs Mr. Talal Chaudhry, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Shiekh Rohail Asghar, Dr. Darshan, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Ramesh Kumar, Dr. Azhar Jadoon, Mr. Shaheryar Afridi, Ms. Aisha Syed and Dr. Nighat Shakeel Khan.

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