The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications on Tuesday held a workshop to support the government’s bid to rid the country of HIV/AIDS by 2025.
Minister Tram Iv Tek reminded all stakeholders that his ministry will continue to bring about positive results in the fight against HIV/AIDS in a country where about 67,000 people still live with the virus.
He noted that new infections are caused by drug users sharing needles and added that the ministry is working closely with anti-drug officials to help reduce drug use.
“I appeal to all people to continue to work hard so that the country could be AIDS-free by 2025,” he said. “No new infections, no discrimination and no more deaths by AIDS.”
General Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, said on Tuesday that he will continue to work toward the goal of ridding the country of HIV/AIDS by 2025.
Gen Vyrith added that authorities are actively tracking drug dealers in order to prevent the distribution of drugs.
Lieutenant General Neak Yuthea, NACD deputy secretary-general, said that the sharing of needles is still prevalent among drug users.
Lt Gen Yuthea noted that officials have an obligation to disseminate anti-drug information to all citizens.
Hor Bunleng, Anti-AIDS National Authority deputy secretary-general, said that transmission of the virus through sexual intercourse is no longer as prevalent as it used to be.
Mr Bunleng said that drugs are now a major contributing factor to new infections.
“If we prevent drugs, we can also prevent new infections,” he said. “So no drugs, no AIDS.”
He noted that the country’s initiative in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS is in line with the United Nation’s plan to rid the globe of AIDS by 2030.“The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2030 wants no more infections, no more AIDS-related deaths and no discrimination toward those with the virus,” Mr Bunleng said. “We all must join together to combat HIV/AIDS.”
According to Mr Bunleng’s figures, 2,843 people have died so far in 2018 due to AIDS. He also said that 538 people have been infected this year.