Taylor calls for affordable anti-AIDS drugs

Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has called for the provision of affordable anti-AIDS drugs for sufferers of the disease in Liberia.
Taylor also wants the establishment of a clinic to cater for sufferers, a statement from the President's office said late Tuesday.
Taylor made the appeal when UNDP resident representative John Kakonge paid him a farewell visit after a two and a half- year stay in Liberia.
A country of about three million people, Liberia has an HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of around 8.
2 percent, according to the ministry of Health.
Youths, mainly females, between the ages of 15 to 25 years are the most affected, the ministry says.
President Taylor told the departing UNDP official that the Liberian government was in need of assistance from that UN agency to fight the scourge.
Kakonge briefed Taylor on efforts the UNDP was making in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Liberia, as well as other projects undertaken in the country during his tour of duty.

18 july 2001 13:08:00

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