PRESIDENT ISSUES STATEMENT
FOR WORLD AIDS DAY 2016
On the 29th
anniversary of International World AIDS Day, commemorated annually on
the 1st December, President Danny Faure has said it
represents 29 years of a relentless fight against one clever little
agent, and the committed search for a cure for HIV.
“On World AIDS Day, we
remember those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrate the progress made
by advocates and providers, pledge our support for those at risk or
living with HIV, and commit to attaining our goal of an AIDS-free
generation”, said President Faure in his capacity as the new patron of
the National AIDS Council.
In his message, the Head
of State highlighted the progress of the Test and Treat campaign
launched in 2014 noting that HIV testing has increased by over
40%. “Over 90% of patients who are on antiretroviral treatment have an
undetectable viral load, and 100% of children aged less than 15 years
living with HIV are on treatment. I am also proud to say that there were
zero cases HIV transmission from mother to child or through blood
transfusion in 2016.”
He said, it will require
on-going political and strategic collaboration with the National
Assembly, private sector, faith communities, philanthropic organisations,
governments worldwide, and an engaged and active civil society.
“Together, we can forge a future by 2030 where there are zero new HIV
infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero persons know the pain of
stigma and discrimination caused by HIV/AIDS.”
concluding his message with “World AIDS Day 2016 is an appropriate
recognition of the extraordinary progress made, yet an important
reminder that the most profound challenge still remains before us – to
end this devastating epidemic. This is possible and attainable if we
accelerate our investment, commitment and innovation – let us continue
to strive towards its realisation together.”
MINISTER RESPONDS TO
PRIVATE NOTICE QUESTION ON PREVALENCE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS IN THE COUNTRY
The National Drugs
Enforcement Agency is said to be making great strides in combating
illegal drugs in the country in spite of numerous challenges.
This was a through
a statement by the Minister for Internal Affairs, Mitcy Larue while
responding to a Private Notice Question posed by the Leader of the
Opposition in the National Assembly, Wavel Ramkalawan.
Ramkalawan asked the Minister for an overview on the amount of heroin
intercepted by the NDEA based on the premise that the agency has had
little to no success in curbing the importation and trafficking of
Minister Larue was
unable to provide an exact figure on the amount of heroin being imported
into Seychelles because she said the vast ocean which surrounds
Seychelles implies that some drugs remained unaccounted for. She however
quoted NDEA statistics for last year, with Rs.178.5 million rupees worth
of drugs were seized of which there were 39 kilos of heroin, 61 kilos of
cannabis and 1700 cannabis plants. She cited Pakistan, Afghanistan and
Iran as the main source countries as of heroin which enters into
For this year,
Minister Larue said the NDEA intercepted 100 kg of heroin with an
estimated street value of around 250 million rupees. She also
acknowledged that are still being smuggled into the Montagne Posee
The government is
expected to set up a high level committee, including members of the
National Assembly, and partners in society to work on the best strategy
forward to deal with the drug situation.
REVIEWING BOUNDARIES OF NATIONAL RESERVES
Responsible for Environment, Didier Dogley has no plans to review the
boundaries of national parks on Mahe.
made the declaration in the National Assembly this week while answering
the elected Member for Beau Vallon, John Hoareau. He had asked whether
the government plans to review the boundaries of national reserves,
especially Morne Seychellois National Park with the aim of making more
land for housing available.
described the Morne Seychellois National Park as the most important
nature reserve set up on Mahe containing the island’s largest water
catchment. He also pointed out that the national reserve represents only
20 percent of land on Mahe.