Kenyan Minister Won't Apologize for Comments on Isolating People Living With HIV/AIDS
February 3, 2011
Kenyan Minister of Special Programmes Esther Murugi on Tuesday refused to issue an apology for her comments regarding isolating people living with HIV/AIDS as a means of controlling the spread of the virus despite growing criticism from HIV/AIDS advocates made last week, Capital News reports. "Once the Civil Society groups tell me which part is offensive, then I will decide whether I need to apologise," the minister said, according to the news service. Instead, Murugi "said she was happy her remarks had generated debate on HIV/AIDS," Capital News writes. "As long as we don't talk about HIV/AIDS, it is going to consume us and it will not come to an end so can we keep the debate going but can it be positive debate," she said (Karong'o, 2/1).
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This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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