Haufiku targets HIV afflicted Zambezi

August 30, 2015, 2:34pm

Haufiku targets HIV afflicted Zambezi

The Minister of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Bernard Haufiku, will join the male circumcision campaign in the Zambezi region where he will be performing operations to try and curb the high and prevailing HIV/AIDS rate.

The Region has the overall highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country at 23.7%. In 2014, over 12 000 people who were infected with HIV in the Zambezi Region were on anti-retroviral therapy compared to the 10 000 in 2013. This has saved lives in the region that were heavily plagued by the epidemic with an HIV occurrence rate of 37%.

“We target the Zambezi because the high rate of HIV and a very low number of men who are circumcised. We will do consultations, doctor’s grand rounds, and discussions as well as operations including voluntary circumcisions. The low uptake in the program (circumcision) is largely due to lack of information and perhaps cultural and traditional norms and belief systems,” Haufiku said.

For more on this story see tomorrow's (31 Aug) edition of the Villager newspaper...

by Donald Matthys