NEW DELHI Nov 08(Reuters) - A prominent Indian doctor has
called for a "Ministry of Sex" to tackle an alarming rise in
AIDS and other sex-related health problems,
The Asian Age newspaper said.
Dr. Prakash Kothari told a seminar in the city of Chandigarh
that even the most innovative budgetary planning could soon be
useless if the country continues to ignore the "looming
reality" of an explosion in cases of HIV, the virus that
He said that, assuming spending of 18,000 rupees (270 British
pounds or US $386) per month on every person afflicted by the
disease, "there will simply be no resources available to
finance anything else in this country of ours."
According to the United Nations , India has
3.7 million AIDS-infected people, the largest number in the
world after South Africa. The Asian Age said 34 million people
were HIV positive in India and 14 million had already died of
The newspaper quoted Kothari as saying that the government must
treat the AIDS crisis as a bigger enemy than arch-rival
Pakistan. "And therefore we have no other option than to
tackle it head on," he said.