By Mario
Published: Thursday 15 February 2001

In the last seven years, the number of Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases in Bhutan has increased to fifteen. For a small country like Bhutan the number is considered to be a cause of grave concern. "Bhutan is fortunate that a national AIDS strategy was introduced even before the first case was detected. But even a single AIDS case in a country with a small population of just 600,000, is a cause for concern," said Rinchhen Chophel of the public health programme in Thimphu. To curb the threat posed by AIDS, Bhutan's health division has started various activities, such as providing information about the disease and educating people about its devastating effects

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