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Daniel Marçal appointed as new Chair of National Institute for Combating HIV-AIDS

Daniel Marçal appointed as new Chair of National Institute for Combating HIV-AIDS

President of INCSIDA, Daniel Marçal, Image Tatoli/Francisco Sony

DILI, 21 september 2023 (TATOLI)-Vice-Prime Minister, Mariano Assanami Sabino, appointed Daniel Marçal as the new Chair of the National Institute for Combating HIV-AIDS.

Daniel Marçal replaces the previous Chair, Atanasio de Jesus, whose term of office has ended. However, this position was previously held by Daniel Marçal during the 8th Constitutional government.

Assanami, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Social Affairs, and Minister for Rural Development and Community Housing, requests the new leaders of HIV-AIDS to work as closely as possible with all staff in the performance of the task.

“We all continue to maintain coordination with the Ministry of Solidarity, Social and Inclusion, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education because these three ministries have relations with the Institute. Therefore, we have to coordinate with all employees in carrying out these duties,” said Mariano Assanami in his remarks at the inauguration ceremony held at the Government Office, this Thursday.

Meanwhile, Daniel Marçal as the new Chair of the National Institute for Combating HIV-AIDS said that he would carry out his duties as fully as possible together with all employees to prevent HIV-AIDS in Timor-Leste.

“The priority is how to prevent this disease by creating simple strategies so that people can understand. We will work together with relevant institutions to prevent this disease in our country,” he said.

Many people suffer from HIV due to a lack of knowledge and many influencing factors, such as difficulty in taking hygiene measures, negative influences, and difficulty in approaching hospitals and clinics for treatment.

“When we have HIV we have to continue undergoing the treatment. Government is preparing facilities, including medicine for the patients of HIV, therefore they don’t have to come to the hospital” he said.

To reduce this disease, everyone must have the awareness not to have casual sex or free sexual intercourse.

According to current data, almost 2,000 Timor-Leste people are affected by HIV-AIDS.

 

Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: Nelia B.

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