Ausiku appeals for private sector support in HIV/Aids fight

20 Sep 2017 11:20am
NKURENKURU, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – The Kavango West Regional Governor, Sirkka Ausiku has appealed to private sector institutions, especially those in the health fraternity, to journey towards the elimination of HIV/Aids.
Ausiku made the call during the official handover of a prefabricated Anti-Retroviral Treatment Clinic at Nkurenkuru on Tuesday.
The governor acknowledged the effort made by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the United States Government President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the fight against HIV/Aids in the region and the country at large for the past three decades.
“We are now moving towards the elimination of this dreadful disease and I therefore express my profound gratitude and appeal to other institutions and private sector to come on board and journey towards the elimination of HIV,” appealed Ausiku.
She added that since the launch of the test and treat strategy in 2014 by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS), the programme has witnessed a significant turn-around in the region, as many people now have access to HIV care in less than a week of diagnosis.
She also expressed hope that with continued support from CDC, the MOHSS will achieve its 90:90:90 goal.
The 90:90:90 goal is the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) treatment target to help end the Aids epidemic by year 2020.
Health Minister, Bernard Haufiku, during his speech at the handover, also called on the business community and ordinary community members to do their best in assisting Government in the delivery of quality health infrastructure.
According to 2016 UNAIDS statistics, people living with HIV/Aids in Namibia range between 200 059 to 236 933, while PEPFAR Country Operational Plan Fiscal Overview released in June this year indicates that HIV/Aids national prevalence rate stands at 13,3 per cent and the Kavango West between 7.3 per cent to 23.7 per cent.
The US government through PEPFAR and CDC has so far provided financial support to the tune of N.dollars 1,7 million to set up three containers and shaded waiting areas at the Nkurenkuru Health Centre and N.dollars 1,3 million for partitioning the Nankudu District Hospital situated 18 kilometers east of Nkurenkuru.