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State Minister for Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Senator Kern Spencer, has commended the health sector for the significant strides in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The State Minister, who was contributing to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday (Dec. 1), noted that the spread of the disease had serious consequences for development and the advancement of people, especially the youth, where the rate of infection was highest.
“Here in Jamaica, our efforts have been commendable. As a lifestyle disease that is more prevalent among our young people, we welcome the media messages and various programmes targeting the youth and urge them to practice healthy lifestyles,” he stated, while lauding anti-discrimination efforts.
Senator Spencer’s comments came on the heels of Minister of Health, Horace Dalley’s World AIDS Day message, in which he assured that the disease was “under management”.
“The AIDS epidemic provides us with clear evidence that even some of the most complex health and development problems can be successfully addressed.” he stated.
The Health Minister said that despite the high infection rates, “there were success stories.””In eight out of 11 of some of the world’s most affected countries, HIV prevalence in the age group 15 to 24 years has declined in the past five years. We must seize on these successes and see that they are repeated,” he stated.