2004 News Story

Kingdom working to eradicate AIDS

Undersecretary for Security Prince Abdullah bin Fahd bin Muhammad inaugurated in Jeddah yesterday activities for International AIDS Day, organized by the city’s general governorate for health affairs under the title 'Women and AIDS'. Speaking on behalf of Governor of Makkah Province Prince Abdulmajeed, Prince Abdullah warned against the threat of AIDS, and pointed out that the number of victims worldwide exceeds 60 million. The Undersecretary highlighted the great attention given by Saudi officials to the health of both citizens and residents.

An anti-AIDS campaign was launched in Jeddah last Thursday with a demonstration designed to enlighten people on the dangers of the spread of the killer disease. Campaigners carrying slogans and brochures marched along a number of main streets in the city. Meanwhile, former South African President Nelson Mandela, speaking that day in London, U.K., called on ordinary people to take the lead in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The frail 86-year-old said it was not enough to rely on governments and the international drug companies.