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Check HIV status before issuing visa to tourists for Commonwealth
PTI Monday, April 19, 2010 18:43 IST
New Delhi: To check spread of sexually-transmitte d diseases during
Commonwealth Games, an NGO working for the welfare of prostitutes in
the national capital has asked the government to grant visas to
tourists only after ensuring that they are not HIV positive.
'Bhartiya Patita Uddhar Sabha' has asked Union health minister Ghulam
Nabi Azad and external affairs minister SM Krishna to instruct Indian
diplomatic missions abroad "not to issue visa to any foreigner or NRI
without production of medical certificate that he/she is HIV
"Similarly, no Indian, visiting abroad may be issued visa without
production of similar medical certificate, " the letter said.
Lakhs of foreigners are expected to visit Delhi during the sporting
extravaganza from October 3 to 14.
"That is why we have requested the Central government to check medical
certificate of individuals before giving visas to them," NGO president
Khirati Lal Bhola said.
He said the mega sporting event poses a great threat and challenge to
the government to put a check on sexually- transmitted diseases.
"Any foreigner found with HIV, must be hospitalised and action taken
against the Embassy which had issued it," he said.
According to National Aids Control Organisation (Naco), about 2.5
million are suffering from Aids in India.
"It is expected that during the Commonwealth Games, the cases of AIDS
may rise further as thousands of foreigners apart from sports-persons
and officials will visit India to witness the games," the letter
The NGO is working for the welfare of about 5,000 prostitutes in about
116 brothels at the G B Road in New Delhi.
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. - Mohandas Gandhi
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