Smart Generation Campaign on HIV/Aids progressing in Rundu

12 Oct 2017 14:50pm
RUNDU, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) under the Directorate of Special Programmes has hailed the progress of the Smart Generation Campaign which kicked off here on Monday.
The campaign aims to increase the uptake of HIV/Aids testing for people between the ages of 15 to 24 years.
Kavango East regional coordinator for voluntary medical male circumcision, John Matjayi told Nampa on Thursday that the number of people going for testing had increased considerably compared to the low numbers recorded on Monday.
He said starting from Tuesday, the people visiting the tents where the campaign is being carried out were mostly the youth falling in the target group, with women making up the majority.
The campaign, which is expected to end on Friday, has tested and counselled 373 people on HIV/Aids, with 217 of them being women.
Matjayi said the campaign also aims to link young people who are HIV positive to proper healthcare and treatment in addition to the friendly testing services.
The campaign also offers male circumcision, with eight people having been circumcised since Monday.
The countrywide campaign, being conducted by the Directorate of Special Programmes in the MoHSS in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, was launched in September this year and is expected to cover all 14 regions.