St. Kitts – Nevis’ Prime Minister Douglas
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Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
July 30, 2008 (CUOPM)
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas has lauded Guyana’s efforts to ensure that other Caribbean countries also benefit and expressed hope that other Heads of Government would support plans to raise funds to tackle HIV/AIDS in the region.
A press release from Georgetown printed in the Starbroek News said Prime Minister Douglas lauded the efforts of Guyana’s Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Leslie Ramsammy’ to include other states besides Guyana and Haiti as they have set the stage for middle income regional states to receive assistance.
Guyana was also recognised as the first country in the region to provide free anti-retroviral treatment for persons living with the infection and continues to be one of few states to offer such a programme.
However, it has been noted that stigma and discrimination against persons living with the disease continues to be an area of concern in the Caribbean.
Dr. Douglas who is lead Head responsible for Health and Humanity Services in the Caribbean Community made these comments at the recent CARICOM Summit.