Dr Waqainabete attends first public official engagement

Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete addresses members of the public at the World AIDS Day event in Suva. Picture: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

FIJI’S Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete attended his first public engagement today as the chief guest at the World AIDS Day event held at the Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva.

He reminded members of the public to get tested at any medical centre near them if they had symptoms of HIV.

“This year marks a 30th anniversary of the first World AIDS Day. Thirty years of activism and solidarity under the banner of World AIDS Day,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“Today we celebrate 30 years of success towards reducing new HIV infections, reducing AIDS-related deaths, preventing mother to child transmission, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing diagnosis and treatment and giving a positive note to life,” he added.

Fiji, he said discovered its first AIDS case in 1989.

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