- Thailand's Deputy Public Health Minister, Surapong Suebwong-lee,
says AIDS has overtaken accidents, heart disease and cancer.
- He says he hopes the new finding will ensure that Thailand
receives a fair share of the United Nations' global AIDS fund to battle
the disease that has affected one in 60 of its people.
- The minister did not disclose exact figures, but said
the extent of HIV-AIDS had been under-reported because the relatives of
victims in rural areas were reluctant to report the real cause of death.
- The U-N Program on HIV-AIDS office in Bangkok says AIDS
deaths will continue to rise as Thais who were infected at the start of
the epidemic 10-years ago began to get sick and die in larger numbers.
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