The National- Friday, January 21, 2011
By STEPHANIE ELIZAH
THE public and private sector in Madang have vowed to work together in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The pledge was initiated at the Coastwatchers Hotel on Wednesday by representatives of Lae Builders & Contractors, ANZ Bank and Chemcare Pharmacy giving support to work alongside the public sector to fight the killer disease.
Madang district administrator Lawrence Pitor, who officially opened the one-day forum, said team work was crucial to stop the spread of the virus.
“HIV/AIDS is a national issue that needs to be addressed provincially and at district level. It is a cross-cutting problem that needs to be dealt with by everyone.
“Right now, awareness is lacking, partnership is lacking.
“Private sectors, maybe you are doing fine with your fight against HIV/AIDs programmes, but I am not aware of it. We need to work together from here onwards, share information, communicate updates and work as a team in addressing this issue,” Pitor said.
He added discussions in the forum must be effected through the implementation of resolutions.
“The disease is at all levels of society that is why, it is important that today, we look at the way forward and work on resolving this issue in our province,” he said.
Provincial AIDS Council care, counselling and community support coordinator Conrad Wadunah said it was a significant development to have both public and private sectors networking to fight HIV/AIDS in the province.