TAC hosts people’s health assembly

2016-04-27 06:00
PHOTO: nontethelelo mzizi Guests at the Royal International Ministry’s health assembly.

PHOTO: nontethelelo mzizi Guests at the Royal International Ministry’s health assembly.

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THE Treatment Action Campaign organisation invited more than 20 members from various unions and organisations to attend the people’s health assembly at the Royal International Ministry on 22 April.

The aim of the assembly was to discuss issues to be taken to the International Aids Conference in Durban in July.

TAC provincial head Mzamowenkosi Zondi said the assembly also discussed HIV/Aids-related issues, and celebrated the one million HIV positive patients, who are on ARV treatment in KZN.

Unions that attended the assembly included Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu), KwaZulu Regional Christian Council, KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KRCC), National Association of People With Aids, Congress of South African Students, National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers and others. All the organisations supported the TAC.

Cosatu provincial executive committee member Makhosi Xaba said:

“We are behind TAC in everything they do. We have seen how they’ve worked for people to be provided with treatment. It is because of them that we are where we are in South Africa in matters concerning HIV and Aids and the provision of treatment.”

Sthembile Sibiya of the KRCC said it is all our responsibility to teach people about HIV/Aids and many social issues the country is facing.
“It is important for us as religious organisations to stand up and help our communities by teaching them more about prevention methods, treatment and the importance of knowing their status.

“This should not stop in church, it should also be done in our families, work environments and anywhere else where we can make a difference,” said Sibiya.

During the assembly organisations divided into groups to discuss issues, touching on the provision of treatment to people who suffer from diseases and find solutions.

Some of the points noted during group discussions were that there is an increasing number of defaulters due to distant health care facilities, health facilities that run out of antiretroviral drugs, outdated tuberculosis treatment and unprofessionalism among health-care workers who deal with HIV-positive patients.

Zondi warned attendees that HIV/Aids continues to claim the lives of many South Africans.

“The struggle is not over. HIV is still here and there’s still much to be done to help people infected by this disease. TB and diabetes, and other pioneer diseases are killing our people.

“We are all accountable for the number of people who die from these diseases because we not doing enough to stop them from taking our people,” said Zondi.

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