2 Dec 2002

Grim warnings about HIV/AIDS in the Pacific

7:43 am on 2 December 2002

World Aids Day has been marked in the Pacific's two biggest countries with grim warnings from health ministers about the growing impact of HIV/AIDS.

In Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea's Health Minister, Melchior Pep, said the HIV/AIDS storm could leave a devastating effect on the country and its economy if it is not brought under control.

In Suva, the Fiji Health Minister, Solomone Naivalu, confirmed the ministry is looking at compulsory testing as one of the ways to try to limit the spread of HIV/Aids.

At the regional Pacfic Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, the Secretary General, Noel Levi, warned the threat to all the region could not be ignored.

He said Pacific people are now so mobile that what affects some, affects all.