Speech by Minister fro Health to mark World HIV-AIDS day

The Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Salomon Nguema Owono, gave a speech to mark World Day against AIDS, in which he expressed thanks for the support and leadership of the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for his work in the fight against HIV-AIDS and related illnesses.

“Ladies and gentlemen,

As every year, on 1st December the Republic of Equatorial Guinea joins all the countries of the world to mark World Day against AIDS:

This year it has been decided on a global level to highlight the importance of the right to health, together with the challenges and difficulties presented by this illness. The slogan for this year is “The right to health”. This right, a fundamental human right which demands that everyone has the right to enjoy the highest level of physical and mental health, is set out in the International convention on economic, social and cultural rights.

The world will not achieve the sustainable development goals which are attempting to eradicate HIV-AIDS by 2030, if those affected do not enjoy their full rights to health.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea enacted Law number 3/2005, of 9th May, on the prevention of and fight against sexually transmitted diseases, HIV-AIDS, and the defence of the Human Rights of those affected, the framework of which describes the national structures and strategies for the fight against this illness.

Apart from the recent release of funds for the launch of the global initiative, our Government is continuing to finance the purchase of antiretroviral medicines through 4,178,000 million US dollars, in order to continue its support programme to help the affected population.

In the name of the Ministry for Health and Social Welfare, our most sincere thanks go to H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic, for his constant support for our sector, and leadership in the fight against HIV-AIDS and other related illnesses.

God bless the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea”, said the minister, Salomon Nguema Owono.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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