Health Desk-- 2nd Dec’17: The World AIDS Day was observed on Friday in the country as elsewhere across the globe with a call to eliminate AIDS from the world by applying holistic approach from the respective countries.
To complement the World AIDS Day 2017 campaign which promotes the theme “Right to health”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the need for 36.7 million people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage.
Dr Etheshamul Haque Chowdhury, additional director general, Directorate of Health Services, said that Bangladesh is the low prevalent country in AIDS. “Around 0.1 percent people have AIDS in the country,” he said.
“The country has now 11,700 patients with AIDS. Of them, 4,721 patients with AIDS are receiving treatment and medicine from different organisations,” he informed.
Nearly 21 million people living with HIV now have access to treatment – a number that should grow to more than 30 million by 2020.
It’s important to mention that the Day is being observed from the year of 1988 globally, including Bangladesh. According to the UN, 367 million people have been suffering from AIDS globally.