A Rwandan Cooperative ‘Umoja ni Nguvu’ that involves reserved forces has been urged to fight AIDS spread like any other crime that can put resident’s security at risk.
This was revealed on February 20th 2013 during the committee meeting of Kayonza district council and members of “Umoja ni Nguvu-Rwanda cooperative” that operate in Nyanza district.
Claude Ngoga Karame, the coordinator of Anti-Aids commission in Nyanza district reminded the reserved forces that it would be shameful to fight bush war and win but die of HIV/AIDS that can be prevented.
“Use the energy you used to liberate the country and fight the spread of AIDS,” he explained.
Some of the cooperative members confessed that they didn’t know much about how Aids is spread and how to prevent it. This was manifested through the questions they asked. However, they were promised help concerning HIV testing if they need to know their statuses.
Jean Baptiste Karimijabo, president of the reserved forces cooperative in Nyanza district said that they are happy about the information they got concerning Aids spread and prevention.
“This information is necessary to every Rwandan so that they know their status,” he explains.
He adds that the married reserved forces will sensitise their children on how Aids is an epidemic that does not discriminate.
The measures taken by the members of the cooperative include being faithful to their partners, using condoms, following advice on Aids prevention and sensitizing their friends and relatives on the negative impact of AIDS disease.
Nyanza district Anti-Aids commission shows that 3 percent Rwandans live with HIV/Aids while its 1.5 percent at district level.