Govt urged to enhance HIV awareness

By Esnart Chingwalu

A plea has gone out to government to ensure enhancing awareness about HIV/AIDS across the country.

Speaking to YFM, Mtisunge Mikaya, Malawi Network of Aids Services (MANASO) national project coordinator, said it is worrisome to note that most people do not have enough knowledge about HIV/Aids.

“There is a lot that the country needs to do on awareness on issues of HIV/AIDS because the communities are showing to have inadequate information of the disease which fuel to discrimination cases,” she said.

Mikaya pleaded with those that are HIV positive to adhere treatment.

“Am asking those people that are HIV positive that they should make sure to stick to ART treatment as a best way to end AIDS,” said Mikaya.

She also said people in rural areas often find it hard to accessing ART services due to long distances to hospitals.

Mikaya also expressed the need for health services to move into integrated services that will give people an opportunity to access several treatments at one health facility such as cervical cancer among other dieses.

This year’s world Aids day is commemorated under the theme ‘End inequalities, End AIDS’.

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