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DO Admits AIDS Fight Major Public Health Problem 

By Nelen Tambe
 

CameroonPostline.com — The Divisional Officer for Lobo Subdivision, Lekie Division, in the Centre Region has said HIV/AIDS is a major public health problem which needs the contribution and participation of everybody to combat it. DO Kaigama Abdou was speaking while officially launching the celebration of the 26th edition of World AIDS Day in Lobo.
 

Kaigama Abdou said the theme, ¨Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths” is a carrier of hope and challenge. Therefore, he advised the population to be faithful in their marriages, youths should abstain from sex and also, people should have protected sex if they cannot abstain from it.
 

This, he said, will help attain the zero objective. The coordinator of the project for the fight against HIV/AIDS in the health district of Okola, Anne Tchanang, said the scheme created on December 1, 2012 in the area has undergone remarkable improvements. According to her, since its creation, they have been able to train 110 community health agents in the council area on problems of HIV/AID. In total, she said 27 women and 87 men were trained.
 

“We have been able to train 231 representatives of community organisations, that is, 118 women and 113 men. Also, we have trained 62 personnel of the Okola health district on taking care of persons with HIV/AIDS. This training brought together doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians. Again, we trained 33 school personnel on issues related to the disease and poor behaviours towards infected persons,” Tchanang said.
 

She disclosed that 10.000 male condoms and 25.000 female condoms have been distributed to the population and many campaigns have been organised in schools, religious gatherings, markets and other public places concerning HIV/AIDS and discrimination faced by persons living with the virus.
 

“This elaboration shows that a lot has been done but a lot is still to be done like furnishing the unit in charge of persons with HIV/AIDS with adequate equipment which is lacking since its creation in 2011,” said the project coordinator. Meanwhile, people living with HIV/AIDS called on their peers to accept their health status and make everyone in their surrounding to be aware of their situation. This, they said, will only help the victims to be psychologically upright.
 

First published in The Post edition no 01485
 

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