HIV/Aids high in Kokstad

2017-07-28 06:00
Community members at the dialogue in Thuntulwana Hall.Photo: siphelele nketo

Community members at the dialogue in Thuntulwana Hall.Photo: siphelele nketo

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KOKSTAD has a high number of people living with HIV/Aids.
This was revealed at a community dialogue by officials from the KZN Office of the Treasurer in Bhongweni recently at the Thuntulwana Hall.

The dialogue was held to review strategies made by government to combat the spread of HIV/Aids.
Non-governmental organisations from Kokstad, officials from Department of Health, Department of Education and the municipality attended.

The dialogue co-ordinator from the Harry Gwala Department of Health, Sindi Hlongwa, said statistics indicate that the number of people living with HIV and Aids in Kokstad is very high and the high rate of new infections is worrying.

“We suspect the numbers are rising because some young girls are turning to prostitution and do not use protection. Government wants to help young people,” said Hlongwa.

According to statistics in Bhongweni 34.3% of people live with HIV/Aids. In Shayamoya it’s 29.6% and in Kokstad town it is 25.5%.
Zikhona Nyathi from the Global Fund Programme in the Office of KZN Treasurer said the dialogue will help government to understand what problems are faced by NGOs in order to provide them with financial assistance.

“If people want government to add more staff in clinics or provide more condoms they must say so. We visited Kokstad to find out what is creating this high number of infections and we want to strengthen working relations with stakeholders and NGOs to fight the spread of the disease,” said Nyathi.

She said a report would be submitted to the Office of the Premier, the Treasurer and local municipalities.

On Monday NPOs and NGOs attended a workshop on how to fight the disease.

 

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