HIV-Victims said more Affected by the food crisis

HIV-Victims said more Affected by the food crisis


Addis Ababa December 01, 2002 (WIC)   President Girma Woldegiorgiz expressed his worries that the current food crisis was affecting HIV- Victims more than other cross-sections of the society.

Speaking at the National commemoration of the world Aids Day in the Capital today, president Girma noted that because of lack of balanced diet the vitims were growing less strong and less resistant to the virus.

According to the president , the worsening of the drought and spread of  HIV/ AIDS at an alarming rate are throwing the country into disastrous and catastrophic situations more than ever.

The impacts of HIV/ AIDS Compounded with the current food shortage, the president said, were impeding the country's development and destroying the social life of its people.

The president Urged the general public to fight the stigmatization and discrimination against people  Living with HIV and join hands with the government in the campaign against HIV/ AIDS more than ever.

He said, the government was finalizing the preparation of the directive to the import anti- retroviral drugs (ARVs) following the ratification of the policy.

However, some people living with HIV/ HIDS criticized the government seriously for delaying the importing  ARVs  in the face of a shocking human tragedy in the Country.

Executive Director of UNAIDS, Dr. Peter Piot on his part, Commended the commitment the government of Ethiopia and its  people are showing in the fight against HIV/ AIDS.

According to Dr. Piot, UN will always be by the side of the Country  in the campaign it has already launched against the pandemic.