Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) and Homa Bay County government have come up with a programme which will ensure that youth and especially adolescence are sensitised on HIV and AIDs in the county.
It will ensure that the adolescents and the youths are enabled to know their HIV status and even seek treatment.
According to EGPAF county director Eliud Mwangi youth who are vulnerable the county have been left out in the fight against HIV and AIDs and most of them do not know their health status.
EGPAF Country Director Eliud Mwangi waves to the crowd.He said they have launched a program meant to curb HIV infections among the adolescents in Homa Bay.Pix Habil Onyango
“We have specifically set aside some funds to run the programme for the youth who have not been actively involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Homa Bay, which has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country.
The latest report by National Aids Control Council shows that Homa Bay has the highest HIV prevalence rate in Kenya at 25.7 per cent against the country’s 6.04 percent.
According to the County Aids and STI Control (CASCO) Willis Omwonyo the data does not include the youths and the adolescence in the Country.
He however said they are in the process of creating data base on HIV programme for youths and especially the adolescents to know the actual figure of the teenagers who are infected.
“If we want to tackle HIV infections and sexual reproduction in Homa Bay, we must ensure that the adolescents are involved,” said Omwonyo. He added, “It is a fact that one out of four people in Homa Bay is living with HIV, the question is what are we doing about it.”
Speaking during the inaugural Homa Bay Adolescents Health Symposium at Homa Bay High School, Mwangi said a number of youth have always avoided testing due to stigmatisation and discrimination.
“The programme will involve putting up of a modern youth friendly health facilities. This will ensure they can easily access medical services and employ a number of health workers to manage the facility,” said the director.
Mwangi added, “We want to ensure that in the future there will be no mother to child HIV transmission and no child or adolescent dies due to HIV related complications.”
According to the county executive committee member in charge of Education and ICT Naphatally Mattah, 60 per cent of school going youths have not been tested and do not know their status.
FROM LEFT.Rosalia Awiti,Deputy Governor Hammilton Orata and Health Services CEC Lawrence Oteng during the Symposium.Pix Habil Onyango
He said the school programme should be enhanced to include even testing and treatment to the
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