C ambodia could suffer an Aids epidemic on similar proportions to Thailand if
education programs and adequate medical care were not introduced immediately,
warned a visiting Thai expert on the disease.
chairman of the Population and Community Development Association of Thailand,
told the first meeting of Cambodia's National Aids Committee the HIV virus could
"spin out of control" nationally if immediate action was not taken.
also advised Cambodian experts not to make the same mistakes as Thailand in
combating the disease.
"You must act quickly, do not wait until the
problem gets out of hand like it did in Thailand. Don't wait until next year to
look at the problem - Cambodia has to start today."
"At first the Thai
government was not worried about the disease and took the attitude that it was a
Western disease that would not affect a great number of Thais," he
"Now, Thailand is in a very difficult position because we ignored
the problem when it first started. "