HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday instructed ministries and agencies to implement appropriate measures for better HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and prostitution control and prevention.
He called on the Ministry of Public Security and related agencies to strengthen the fight against drug use and prostitution in "hot" spots and strictly punish violators at a workshop held by the National Steering Committee on HIV/AIDS, Drug Use and Prostitution Prevention and Control.
Regarding the programme to use methadone to treat drug addicts, Phuc asked for regular programme check ups, supervision and expansion at localities nationwide.
He said localities should find more sources to produce methadone and increase the operation capacity of rehabilitation centres and treatment establishments to draw in more volunteer patients.
Delegates at the workshop heard reports from relevant ministries on the implementation of the methadone programme and HIV/AIDS prevention orientation, further discussing measures to promote information dissemination regarding HIV/AIDS, drug use and prostitution prevention and control.
More than 14,000 HIV-infected people were reported nationwide in 2011, 2,413 of which have since passed away.
Over 158,000 people were reported to be addicted to drugs in 63 cities and provinces as of November 30 last year. Over 36,100 of them underwent de-tox programmes, with 4,600 receiving loans and finding employment.
The country has provided education and treatment to more than 36,000 prostitutes and vocational training and jobs to more than 2,000.
The World Bank has promised to provide an additional VND2.2 billion (US$105,600) towards HIV/AIDS prevention and control in central Da Nang City in 2012.
This year's project targets to reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS infection among local citizens to under 0.15 per cent. The implementation of the project started in 2009 in four districts of Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Lien Chieu and Son Tra. — VNS