25 Sep 2002

Vanuatu prime minister to speak about HIV

10:35 am on 25 September 2002

The Vanuatu prime minister, Edward Natapei, is scheduled to hold a media conference this morning to speak about HIV.

This comes amid calls for a law to be passed to make checks for HIV compulsory.

The proposal was mooted by the director-general in the prime minister's office, Jean Sese.

This comes amid speculation that a patient at the Vila central hospital is an HIV carrier.

Vanuatu has had the status of being HIV/AIDS-free.