Lesotho Official Says AIDS Could “Wipe Out Nation”
August 21, 2007
AIDS has the "potential to wipe out a whole nation," Keketso Sefeane, CEO of Lesotho's National AIDS Commission, said Monday at an AIDS conference in South Africa. "Absence, illnesses, deaths, and early retirements due to HIV and AIDS have profound implications for economic development and social welfare," Sefeane said. Casual sex and infrequent condom use are blamed for the scale of the epidemic in Lesotho, where almost one adult in four is HIV-positive. Sefeane called for broad cooperation to fight the epidemic. Representatives of the ministries of defense, trade, public service, finance, health, and the cabinet attended the five-day workshop.
Xinhua News Agency