6 Oct 2006

PNG health minister wants police tested for HIV

4:09 pm on 6 October 2006

The Papua New Guinean health minister, Sir Peter Barter, is calling for the country's police staff to be tested for HIV.

Sir Peter says giving the high HIV rate in the country, it would be time to expand the testing and include the police force.

He says he will appeal to the minister of police, the acting police commissioner and the police association to have voluntary HIV testing.

The health minister also says police staff must become physically and mentally fit, adding that the habits of betel nut chewing, alcohol abuse and smoking are bad for the image of police.