Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jiwaka will not mark World AIDS Day

JIWAKA Province will not join the rest of the country to celebrate the World Aids Day because there are no funds available.

Provincial AIDS Co-coordinator Kuk Gola revealed this prior to tomorrow’s occasion which he said was sad.

He said in previous years Jiwaka actively participated in the World AIDS Day but for the first time Jiwaka would now miss out in the celebration because of lack of funds in its coffers.

Mr Gola said he tried to source funds from Jiwaka Provincial Government, Baptist Union, Provincial Health Division and National AIDS Council Secretariat but was unsuccessful.

Mr Gola said Jiwaka had 29 HIV/AIDS reporting facilities available and this was a big number for the province, because they would have high expectations to celebrate the World Aids Day.

He said the Provincial Aids Council was the responsibility of the Provincial Health Authority.

"Only K5000 was allocated to the Provincial Aids Council office for a year and this was not enough because we have used it already," Mr Gola said.

Mr Gola said according to records a total of 4778 people had voluntarily tested for HIV/AIDS.

According to Mr Gola Enga Province topped the Highlands Province with a 1.5 per cent HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.