Azerbaijani MP satisfied with level of combating AIDS
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.01 / Trend , A.Huseynbala /
Azerbaijani MP is satisfied with the level of combating AIDS in the country.
"Our government and the legislative body will take necessary measures to strengthen the fight with this illness" Parliamentary Social Policy Committee member Elmira Akhundova told Trend today.
Dec. 1 was declared the World AIDS Day by the WHO in 1988. Everyday about 18,000 people worldwide are infected with HIV.
Although Azerbaijan is among countries with low levels of HIV infection, the problem is real, the MP said.
According to the Health Ministry, during the first six months of 2009, 220 new cases of HIV were reported in the country.
Antiretroviral drugs are free at the Republican Center for Fighting AIDS. More than 250 patients with HIV receive treatment.
Akhundova said a new bill is being prepared in the committee to help the fight against this disease.
"My colleague Musa Guliyev has prepared a comprehensive bill. After its adoption, we will achieve change in social attitudes about the carriers of the virus," the MP said.
According to the committee member, the group has widely discussed the bill.
"I think the bill will be submitted to parliamentary discussion. We will make our contribution to fighting such a complicated problem," Akhundova said.
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