15 Jan 2018 13:10pm
OPUWO, 15 JAN (NAMPA) More than 100 people attended the delayed World AIDS Day commemorations at the Otjikojo village in the Epupa Constituency in the Kunene Region on Friday.
The day served as an opportunity for residents to unite and fight against HIV/AIDS, and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.
In a speech read on his behalf, Epupa Constituency Councillor and Member of Parliament, Nguzu Muharukua said the campaign reminds people that the right to health is much more than access to quality health services and medicine.
He said it also depends on, among others, adequate sanitation and housing, healthy working conditions, a clean environment, and access to justice.
If a persons right to health is compromised, they are often unable to effectively prevent diseases and ill health, including HIV, or gain access to treatment and care, stated Muharukua.
He added that most marginalised people are often the least able to access their right to health services, and are thus also the most vulnerable to HIV, while rural communities lack information due to the unavailability of information and communication technology infrastructure.
The 2017 World AIDS Day campaign was commemorated under the global theme Right to Health, while in Namibia the day was commemorated under the sub-theme Strengthening HIV and TB Prevention and Treatment across the Border.
Speaking at the same event, Ministry of Health and Social Services registered nurse, Matias Mbambi said the day reminds the public as well as the government that HIV/AIDS has not gone away and there is still a lot to do.
Mbambi noted that Kunene regional statistics for the period 2016 and 2017 indicate that 9 025 residents have been tested for HIV, and 6 448 of those are females.
During the occasion, community members participated in a short game, where they answered questions for prizes.
The Otjikojo village is situated 150 kilometres northwest of the regional capital, Opuwo.