Sunday, December 30, 2012

NCD HIV RATE LOW

By: Bradley Gregory

The National Capital District has seen a huge reduction in the HIV prevalence rate in the city.

Previously, the HIV prevalence rate was two persons per one hundred people. However, this has been lowered to zero.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop welcome the report attributing outcome to strong commitment from the National Aids council, and its partners.

The Governor yesterday presented 30 thousand Kina to the Committee as well as a 49-thousand Kina truck.

He is quite pleased with the efforts of the NCD- AIDS Committee, in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Parkop says, despite Port Moresby being a big city with many challenges, the HIV prevalence rate has lowered.

He adds, there are still many challenges that the authorities have to tackle, one of which is to get people for voluntary blood test. While this may be easy for people in other provinces, it is still difficult to convince people in Port Moresby to go for checks.

Mr Parkop says, now with the United Nations goal of zero percent in the next five years, and with NCD’s current progress, achieving it is inevitable.

He has expressed confidence in the people of NCD in the fight against HIV and assured his Commission’s commitment in supporting the cause. NBC