In the afternoon of September 19, Lieutenant General Vo Trong Viet, Commander of the Border Guard and Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy Minister of Health, signed a collaboration agreement between the Ministry of Health and the High Command of the Border Guard on deploying HIV/AIDS prevention activities in border areas in the period of 2012-2015 and the following years.
Deputy Minister of Health affirmed that over the past years healthcare work in remote areas, especially in border and island areas, have seen great contributions from the army and people, and importantly the border forces have helped bring healthcare to all communes.
In particular, with the collaboration regulation, the Border Guard and the Ministry of Health will enhance the effectiveness of communication about drug and prostitution prevention and HIV transmission prevention; improving the quality of care and treatment as well as slowing down the rate of increase of HIV/AIDS-infected people in the future.
The Border Guard and the Ministry of Health join hands to prevent and minimize the spread of and improve the quality of care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS; intervene to reduce HIV transmission for groups with HIV high risk behaviours; as well as promote counselling and testing for HIV carriers, and increase monitoring of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among the community.
In the next period, the Ministry of Health will focus on technical assistance on HIV/AIDS prevention for the Border Guard High Command to organize HIV/AIDS prevention activities for soldiers and people in border areas.
Lieutenant General Vo Trong Viet said that the collaboration regulation between the Ministry of Health and the Border Guard High Command on HIV/AIDS prevention in the coming time is very necessary, creating consistent mechanisms to care for people’s health in general and HIV/AIDS prevention in particular, contributing to boosting the image of Vietnamese soldiers who are noble, friendly in the hearts of Vietnamese citizens, overseas Vietnamese people and people living in border areas of neighbouring countries./.