HIV-Aids a ‘reality’

2015-12-03 06:00
 PHOTO: precious gumede Lighting a candle in remembrance of those who lost their lives to HIV-Aids (from left) deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, health minister Aron Motswaledi and KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu.

PHOTO: precious gumede Lighting a candle in remembrance of those who lost their lives to HIV-Aids (from left) deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, health minister Aron Motswaledi and KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu.

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DEPUTY president Cyril Ramaphosa, KZN Premier and Minister of Health Aron Motswaladi­ and other parliamentary dignitaries visited Ugu District to remind people of the reality of HIV-Aids on Tuesday.

The ministers were spread across the district spreading the message that everyone should get tested and know their status­.

Ramaphosa said he is proud of KZN for taking this disease seriously and told the KwaNzimakwe people that in the province alone, more than one-and-a-half million people are taking ARVs, which shows that people have been educated.

“KwaZulu-Natal is the leading province when it comes to taking HIV-Aids seriously. More than one million people are on ARV, thanks to the province’s Operation Sukuma Sakhe.

“In the other provinces this programme does not exist therefore the number of people on ARV is far less,” said Ramaphosa.

He said other provinces are going to be introduced to this successful programme as the country is aiming for an Aids-free generation.

“Cuba is the only country that has reached the goals of having an HIV-Aids-free generation and one day we wish that our country also meets that goal,” he said.

During the programme communities were given a chance to comment or speak about how this disease has affected them.

Bulelwa Ngamla said the day reminded her of three loved ones whom she lost through HIV-Aids.

“In 2007 I lost three loved ones because of HIV-Aids. in those times ARVs never existed and today it touches me because now the country is more educated about the disease and people are aware of how to protect themselves and those who are positive know they must take their medication in order to live.

Ngamla said what saddens her is that if ARVs were available in 2007 her loved ones would be alive.

Premier Senzo Mchunu said people should not be afraid to open up if they have contacted the disease because it helps to speak out.

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