Participants at the recent HIV/AIDS workshop in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal State. [Gurtong/ James Deng Dimo]
By James Deng Dimo
WAU, 09 June 2012 [Gurtong] – The deputy chairperson of South Sudan HIV/AIDS Commission (SSAC) Dr Achol Ayom Dor has encouraged the use of condoms to prevent new infections.
She at the same time advised couples to remain faithful to each other in order to keep safe from the deadly disease.
Dr Dor spoke at the closure of a two-day HIV/AIDS workshop in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal State Thursday which was attended by representatives from all the ten states of South Sudan and communities members from the three counties of the state.
The workshop had been convened to sensitise community leaders in the state on how to create awareness within the communities to tackle the scourge.
“This is a great achievement for our ordinary citizens across the country as we have trained a good number of our leaders who will in turn disseminate the information about the diseases at the grassroots”, said Dr Dor.
She advised those infected with the disease to take medication and at the same time urged them not to spread the disease deliberately.
She discouraged the sharing of body piercing implements, saying the practice encouraged the spread of the disease.
“I urged the state authorities to distribute condoms in schools and social places”, she said.