Authorities in Nyamagabe District are reminded to stick to their commitment in protecting victims of HIV/AIDS, help them and double efforts in preventing new infections in the area.
Nyamagabe District Mayor Philbert Mugisha told local leaders on Thursday 6th, 03, 2014 during an official opening of the sensitization about preventing new HIV/AIDS infections.
The function’s theme was ‘the role of the leaders in preventing new HIV infections’
While discussing with the different local leaders and the local people who were present in this function, the mayor said for AIDS to be prevented, people need to first test to know their statuses and behave accordingly.
“Some people might be AIDS positive without them realizing so. That requires us as leaders and the health partners to encourage people to take the test and know their statuses on AIDS and make decisions to be safe accordingly.
When one knows he/she is infected, they take care of themselves and protect others” says the mayor.
It is the role of the local leaders and the people to fight against the HIV/AIDS, this will only be possible through sensitization for people to prevent new infections and eradicate AIDS.
Joseph Munyengabe the coordinator of the Rwandan forum for people infected with AIDS (RRP+) in Nyamagabe district says leaders can indeed help prevent new HIV infections if they work on it.
Up to today, statistics shows that people with HIV/AIDS infections in the country are 3% of the population, in the Southern Province of Rwanda, they are 2.4% and in Nyamagabe district, they are 1.6% of the population. People who receive ARVs in Nyamagabe district are 3,819.