UNAIDS expressed its appreciation for Thailand's
successful attempts in preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS, a senior Public
Health Ministry official said here Friday.
Mongkol Na Songkhla, permanent secretary for the ministry, was quoted by the
Thai News Agency as saying that UNAIDS, a United Nations agency overseeing the
HIV/Aids problems worldwide, and many other international health organization
praised Thailand's success in HIV/AIDS prevention and control at a regional
workshop on HIV/AIDS held here recently. Senegal of Africa was also praised for the similar success at the workshop, in which 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific region took part, he said.
UNAIDS said that successful attempts of Thailand and Senegal, both are
developing countries, in preventing and controlling AIDS to a satisfactory level could be a good example for other countries, Mongkol said.
The U.N. agency particularly raised Thailand's success in launching nationwide
campaigns to promote the use of condoms, an attempt of which should be followed
by other countries, he said.
UNAIDS noted that Thailand and Senegal could also be good places for other
countries to conduct studies and exchange experiences in HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
Mongkol said, however, that continued attempts in HIV/AIDS prevention and
control must be pursued in the country, as the deadly disease has yet been
eliminated and risks still exist, particularly among teenagers and those who use drugs.
He suggested that all parties concerned, particularly families and local
communities, promote and encourage teenagers to turn to sports activities, which will reduce their risks of being infected with the deadly disease.
The Ministry of Public Health is ready to support sports activities for all
groups of people nationwide. People and organizations can seek the support from
local public health offices, he said.
There have been about one million Thais, out of the country's 61 million
population, infected with the HIV/AIDS since the disease appeared in the country in early 1980s.