Public Works and Transport, together with its stakeholders and the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), plans to conduct its annual health awareness campaign for its employees and community in Katima Mulilo from 21st to 25th of this month.
This year's awareness campaign will, for the first time, focus on the sexually transmitted infections (STIs)/condom awareness, to inform the public about sexually transmitted infections, condom use and the importance of disease prevention. The event will be held under the slogan “together, we care”.
Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT) chief control officer, Monika Nganjone, notes the Public Works and Transport department in her ministry employs a large number of mobile workers at construction sites, on airlines, ships, highways, railways and roads who end up spending a great deal of time away from their families.
“This increases their likelihood to engage in multiple partnerships and other risky sexual behaviour, putting them at risk of contracting STIs. Furthermore, they are not the only vulnerable group, as people living and trading along transport corridors and around construction sites also face health risks,” she says.
Therefore, it is imperative that this sector creates an environment that protects its workers and the communities from STIs/ HIV infections to maintain its productivity.