As Jamaica joins other nations, in observing World AIDS Day, the Jamaica Civil Society Forum on HIV and AIDS is calling on lawmakers to fast track important health legislation, including the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.
The OSH Act seeks to protect workers and other persons from harm to their safety, health and welfare through the elimination or minimization of hazards at workplaces. The Government has said it is committed to enacting the Act.
Speaking during an annual World AIDS Day Breakfast Forum, hosted by the Jamaica Network of Seropositives this morning, Co-Chair of the Civil Society Forum, Kandasi Walton-Levermore said such legislation is long over-due.
She is also calling for a designated Minister to lead the charge in ensuring the passage of anti-stigma and discrimination legislation.
She is also calling for more to be done to expedite the Sexual Reproductive Health Policy.
This, she explained, will seek to address the raging issue of adolescents being diagnosed with HIV.
Mrs. Walton-Levermore also stressed the need for all ministries to participate in efforts to reduce HIV infections in the country.