Residents of Kajiado County joined the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day in Loitoktok town, Kajiado South.Data from the county shows decreasing HIV prevalence rates; has reduced from 4.4% to 3.9% even though it still remains a serious public health challenge. According to HIV estimates released early this month Kajiado County main spread of HIV is high population, livestock traders and horticultural farmers.
Speaking during the commemoration Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho said a lot still needs to be done. “The HIV and AIDS pandemic rates stands at 3.9% which is still high. Our government has allocated resources for mobilization towards HIV and AIDS interventions aimed at reducing the spread of this disease” said Moshisho. He urged men to lead by example and be tested for HIV and AIDS.”I am calling upon every one and especially men to take the lead and get tested for HIV in line with this year World AIDS day theme. I want to thank the National AIDS Control Council and our partners who have stood with us in this endeavor as we strive to get zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths as we save our future” added Moshisho.
CECM Health Esther Somoire added that as a ministry, precedence has been given towards awareness creation and resources allocation for mobilization in the fight against the disease.”Kajiado County HIV infected individuals has gone up from 21,000 to 24,870. The number will keep increasing and placing continuing demands on health and social services systems. We will do a lot of mobilization as we continue to spread this message to all our people in rural and urban areas” said Somoire.
Ms Angeline Siparo NACC Chairperson said AIDS still remains one of the biggest public health challenge.”The National prevalence rates has also dropped from 5.6% to 4.9%, whereas we have made progress.HIV and AIDS still remains one of the biggest public health challenge of our times. I want to thank the county governments whose leadership have taken charge of HIV services and programs to ensure no one is left behind. We applaud them for their partnership.” Said Angeline.
The Deputy Governor and the CEC Health also issued certificates to mothers and children who graduated from the HIV Exposed Infanta (HEI) program; children borne of mothers living with HIV but have tested negative for the HIV virus. They took special recognition to the community support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS.