Le20m minimum fine for intentional HIV infection says NAS boss
Regional Coordinator of National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), Philip Kargbo, has disclosed that the revised HIV/AIDS laws prescribe a penalty of a minimum Le20 million fine and several years imprisonment for anybody who deliberately infects another person with HIV.
Mr Kargbo made the disclosure while addressing people living with HIV/AIDS, during a partnership meeting held on Thursday, 13th May, 2014 at the Planned Parenthood Association Sierra Leone, (PPASL) office along Prince Williams Street in Bo.
Organized by the PPASL, the meeting which attracted stakeholders was held to popularize the revised HIV/AIDS laws protecting the right of People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) against stigma and discrimination.
The NAS Regional Coordinator stressed that there is still a high level of stigma and discrimination against PLWHAs in especially the health sector. He recalled that some time ago, the corpse of a dead PLWHAs was cast out of the Bo Government Hospital mortuary and that he had caused to intervene to ensure that the corpse was returned to the mortuary.
Philip Kargbo informed that the revised laws make it a crime for any health facility to stigmatize and discriminate HIV patients, warning health facilities no to demand money for any PLWHAs for treatment.
Mr Kargbo said it is the right of a PLWHAs to be accorded the same treatment in health facilities like any other person.
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