DPM asks for enhancing AIDS, drug, prostitution prevention works

Tuesday 04/08/2020 15:22

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the National Committee for AIDS, drug and prostitution prevention and control has required ministries, agencies and localities to continue launching drastic measures in AIDS, drug and prostitution works in the upcoming months of the year. 

In the first months of 2020, amid complex developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, drug and prostitution situations in Viet Nam showed complicated developments as trans-border drug trafficking tended to increase. 

As 2020 is the last year of implementing programs and plans on AIDs, drug and prostitution prevention and control, Dam asked relevant agencies and localities to focus on realizing the working programs in the year and the Prime Minister’s Directives on the work. 

Accordingly, press agencies must enhance communications on laws and policies on HIV/AIDS, drug and prostitution, especially consequences of drug and synthetic drug and rehabilitation.   

He also requested to maintain and improve the quality of Methadone treatment, consider the early application of Buprenorphine and expand ARV treatment through health insurance, striving to reach 95% of all people on treatment having undetectable levels of HIV in their body, known as viral suppression. 

Regarding prostitution prevention work, Dam stressed the need to establish the prostitution prevention and control program during the 2021-2025 period.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, Viet Nam has seen a 9.46% year-on-year increase in the number of recorded drug busts in the first six months of 2020.

The ministry’s Drug Crime Investigation Department has detected 11,215 offenses, arrested 15,775 people, seized 235 kg of heroin, nearly 1.6 tons of ecstasy and 850,000 ecstasy pills, and 113 kg of marijuana in the first six months of 2020, officials said at a meeting this week, citing a government portal report.

Compared to the same period in 2019, the quantity of seized drugs has decreased, the report said, but did not mention specific numbers.

The drugs are mainly brought in from foreign countries for distribution in Viet Nam or transportation to a third country via land, sea or air, the department said.

It also said that drug trafficking has increased sharply at the Viet Nam-Laos border.

At the Viet Nam-China border, meanwhile, heroin remains the most trafficked and traded drug, with Viet Nam acting as a transit point for drugs trafficked to China.

By Thuy Dung

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