NGOs’ support vital in fight against HIV

Lukanisman (third right) cuts the ribbon witnessed by Dr Fam (second right), Salina (third left) and others.

MIRI: Support from non-government organisations (NGOs) is vital in the fight against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni said without support from NGOs, the government would not be able to prevent the disease.

“HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If not treated, the virus can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

“Sometimes we don’t know if our partners or friends are exposed and threatened by HIV,” he said when officiating at World AIDS Day at Pustaka Miri yesterday.

Lukanisman wanted NGOs to be actively involved in HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and extend the campaign to educational institutions and the community.

“There were HIV cases affecting people as young as 18 years old. Thus, I really hope HIV/AIDS awareness campaign can be extended to reach more people,” he said, adding he would voice out this need in Parliament next week and support awareness campaigns with financial aid.

He also hoped those diagnosed as HIV positive would go for medical treatment and continue living positively.

The two-day event which started yesterday was jointly organised by Pustaka Miri, Miri Hospital, Abbvie and National Population and Family Development Board (LPKKN).

With the theme ‘Lets End It’, the event to raise public awareness was in line with the vision of the world HIV/AIDS organisation to end stigma, isolation and transmission of this disease.

Besides health talks, there are exhibition, family talk and colouring contest.

Also present were consultant physician of Miri Hospital Dato Dr Fam Tem Lom and Pustaka Miri’s regional manager Salina Zawawi.