Kenya to review laws to check AIDS spread

  Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has announced plans to review his country's laws to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS.
Speaking in Nairobi Saturday on his return from New York, where he attended a special UN General Assembly session on AIDS, Moi he vowed his administration would do everything to protect the vulnerable.
The President told Kenyans that the best defence against the incurable disease "is good morals".
Moi demanded that people who knowingly infected others with the HIV, which leads to AIDS, be hanged and that all rapists be jailed for life.
   "The time has come for those who deliberately infect others (with the HIV) to die and those who rape to get life (imprisonment)", Moi told a crowd which had gathered to meet him at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
"We have to make laws that restrict those who deliberately infect others.
because young girls cannot protect themselves from such criminals," he added.
Moi accused the  church in Kenya of "not doing enough" to educate the faithful on the dangers posed by the scourge.
"If 80 percent of Kenyans are Christians, why is this disease (AIDS) spreading so fast, ?" Moi wondered, urging the church and schools to play their part by preaching abstinence.
He said his administration would not sit back and watch while the scourge continues to decimate Kenyans.
Moi said that the government would support efforts by University of Nairobi researchers to find a drug to improve the quality of life of those living with AIDS.
AIDS, which was  declared a national disaster in 1999, has so far killed more than a million Kenyans since the first cases were diagnosed more than 20 years ago.
The country's AIDS control unit estimates that the disease kills 700 people daily.
The country has put in place several measures to help stem the spread of HIV, including  advocacy programmes and the formation of  grassroots AIDS committees.
Recently, the government authorised the importation or manufacturing of cheaper AIDS drugs to make them affordable to people living with HIV/AIDS.

01 july 2001 13:30:00

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