Western Bahr el Ghazal State Commemorate World Aids Day

Thousands of people in Western Bahr el Ghazal state on Saturday gathered at Wau Main Stadium to mark the World AIDS Day with the state Health Minister, Dr Isaac Cleto Hassan announcing that the state has tested 4,662 people this year with just 200 being found positive with the virus.

Western Bahr el Ghazal State Commemorates World Aids Day
Organised forces march in Wau during the World AIDS Day celebrations. [James Deng Dimo]

By James Deng Demo

WAU, 02 December 2012 [Gurtong] - The minister said the state HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) department has since the tested 784 women with 88 of them turning positive.

The state currently has six VCT centres with the ongoing distribution of 67,455 both male and female condoms, said the minister.

Cleto said that his ministry is currently working hard to make sure that the high infection of the HIV/AIDS in the state has reduced from 25 percent and urged the community to avoid discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

During the occasion the minister urged the International Organizations working in Western Bahr el Ghazal state to be on alert following the recent outbreak of yellow fever in Dafur region in the neighbouring Sudan.

On behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Walid Fahamy, said more effort is needed to eliminate the stigma and discrimination which increase risk for vulnerable populations.

He said Zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths by 2015 are achievable and commitment is needed to build on and amplify the encouraging successes of recent years to consign HIV/AID to the pages of history.

The Millennium Development Goal for HIV/Aids is to halt and begin to reverse the epidemic by 2015.

The UNAIDS World Aids Day report for 2012 reveals significant progress in preventing and treating treatment rose by 60 percent and new infections have fallen by half in 25 countries, 13 of them in Sub-Saharan.

Half the global reductions in new HIV infections in the last two years have been among new-born babies.

He member states to intensify their efforts to eliminate mother to child transmission, and to work to ensure all HIV positive mothers can survive and thrives.

The march began from peace playground; alongside with state Special Forces, UN peace keepers’ and a high turnout of students from distinguished schools and civil society groups.

Among the state government officials were the acting governor, Minister for Law Enforcement, Angelo Taban Baijio, and other minister.

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