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Govt providing free of cost HIV diagnostic services, claims President

Govt providing free of cost HIV diagnostic services, claims President

ISLAMABAD, NOV 30 (DNA) – President of Pakistan Arif Alvi has said Government was providing high impact comprehensive HIV prevention services, free of cost HIV diagnostic and curative services to key affected populations and people living with HIV.

Multi-sectoral engagement, equity and respect for human rights, social justice and access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services are the cornerstones of an effective HIV response.

He expressed these views in his message issued on the occasion of World AIDS Day.

The president further said, World AIDS day, is commemorated each year to reiterate our pledge to combat the HIV epidemic by promoting awareness, facilitating the uptake of preventive and treatment services and taking steps to address disease associated stigma and discrimination.

Govt providing free of cost HIV diagnostic services, claims President

 Each year, this fatal disease claims thousands of lives around the world and Pakistan is also confronted with a growing challenge of this menace, he added.

He further said World AIDS Day calls for concerted efforts and engagement by all segments of the society including academia, religious scholars, media and civil society to join hands in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The President said, “I take this opportunity to reiterate the Government’s commitment to work towards elimination of HIV and AIDS in the country. The Federal and Provincial governments are cognizant of their responsibilities and accord high priority to prevention and treatment of this disease”. =DNA

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