Wanita MCA forms bureau to deal with AIDS issues

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  • Monday, 13 Jan 2003

KAMPAR: Wanita MCA has set up a health bureau to address issues on AIDS due to the rising number of Chinese suffering from the disease. 

Its chief, Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, said the main reason for the increase was the practice of unsafe sex.  

Ng: 'Hopefully, this bureau woll help to bring greater awareness to the Chinese community'.

She said the bureau would be headed by Vina Goh, who would work hand-in hand with other AIDS-related organisations. 

“Hopefully, this bureau will help to bring greater awareness to the community on the deadly ailment,'' she told reporters after chairing a Wanita MCA central committee meeting at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman site yesterday. 

Dr Ng said Selangor recorded the highest number of Chinese inflicted with AIDS. 

She, however, did not reveal the exact statistic. 

“We will also try to work with the Selangor AIDS support group to train counsellors on the ways to help AIDS patients and their respective families,” she said. 

Dr Ng added that the bureau would soon have dialogue sessions with the Selangor police chief to discuss the issue of prostitution. 

Prostitution, she said, was another main factor why many were suffering from AIDS. 

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