Vice President Stresses the Importance on Tackling HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, 18th April 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai has reiterated the urgency of tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, if Governmentís reconstruction and development agenda are to be realized.

He emphasized that no matter what effort the government makes, its policies would not be realized without a healthy citizenry.

Speaking Wednesday during a visit to the National AIDS and STI Control Program at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Vice President Boakai stressed the need for awareness and facilities to fight HIV/AIDS, which, he noted, was spreading at an alarming rate in Liberia.

He lamented that this disease which is a threat to human survival, is not given the required attention by most Liberians.

The Liberian Vice President visited the Program to obtain first-hand information about its needs and problems. He said information gathered would be used to seek assistance and funding for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Liberia.

He commended staff of the NACP for their sacrifices in helping to contain the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Earlier in welcome remarks, National AIDS and STI Control Program Manager, Dr. Khalipha Bility disclosed that about 40 per cents of in-patients at the John.F.Kennedy Hospital are carriers of AIDS.

Dr. Bility later guided Vice President Boakai on a tour of  NACP facilities.

At the same time, Vice President Boakai Wednesday paid a fact-finding visit to the Sports Ministry.

He was met upon arrival by Youth and Sports Minister Jamesetta Howard Wolokollie and other senior officials of the Ministry.

During consultative discussions which lasted about an hour, the Vice President and Sports Ministry officials discussed youth empowerment, the improvement of sports and recreational activities in postwar Liberia.