HIV: campaign fails to take off

2010-10-13 00:00

ALMOST half of KwaZulu-Natal municipalities have failed to push forward with Premier Zweli Mkhize’s “Flagship Programme” launched last year to drive a behavioural change in dealing with HIV and Aids.

Mkhize launched the programme during a conference that was attended by more than 1 800 delegates from all district municipalities in the province.

It is a broad-based, multi-sectoral campaign to deal with the challenges faced by communities affected by to issues of HIV and Aids and tuberculosis.

Municipalities were to form district and local aids councils that were to meet periodically, with at least 70% of designated members attending.

Some municipalities did not submit a report while others did not perform the required tasks

Dr Fikile Ndlovu of the Premier’s office said the municipalities have budgets for the programme “so one cannot tell why they haven’t performed”.

She added that the Premier’s office will be demanding answers.

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