Malawian Health Minister Dr Jean Kalilani has said the country cannot afford to fold its sleeves in the fight against the HIV virus, else even the registered gains will be taken away, saying government will embark on a door-to-door HIV/Aids testing campaign.
Kalilani said on Monday the door-to-door HIV testing campaigns for every citizen in the country is a move to try and eliminate new HIV infections as everyone will have the access to HIV/AIDs information that will enable positively leaving for people in Malawi.
Speaking during the launch of World AIDS Day Commemoration on Monday in Karonga the northern part of Malawi, Kalirani said the door-to-door campaign strategy was a way forward in eliminating HIV and Aids.
She said the campaign expecting to start on 15 March 2015 has been discovered to fulfill the world day’s theme of getting to zero new infections, HIV discrimination and related death in the country upon 2030.
Kalirani pointed out that most of the people in the country are failing to know their status because testing facilities are in pre and urban areas which acts as barrier for the community in the rural areas to verify their status.
She said the door-to-door HIV testing campaign is the “starting point of elimination.”
Stated the minister: “Based on our findings, it has been revealed that most of Malawians are failing to get tested as many healthy centers are not easily accessible.”
Kalilani called on citizens to redouble their efforts against HIV/AIDS, and particularly against the high rates of HIV prevalence among girls
In her remarks UNAIDS Country Director Amakobe Sande said Malawi should be brave enough, innovative and accept strategies like the door-to-door testingto achieve the said goal of getting to zero.
“According to the study we conducted in the country about 93,000 adolescents have the virus,100 people get the virus daily and the country is registering 138 HIV/AIDS related deaths every day an indication that a policy to guide the activities related to HIV need to be implemented to achieve the goal come 2030,” said Sande.
In her part, the secretary for nutrition on HIV/AIIDS Edith Mkawa said “as a way of helping government to fight the virus our organization has introduced HIV youth group the whole country and also 724 testing areas have been put in place to achieve the said goal.”
Meanwhile, Paramount Chief Kyungu said “there is a need for the days of commemorating the HIV/AIDS virus to be done quarterly so that people should have ful information on the impact of the virus.”
At the function the UNAIDS Country Director Sande presented a certificate trophy to the country’s secular musician Skefa Chimoto to qualify him as a UN goodwill ambassador as the organization has involved musicians to help spreading HIV/AIDS messages.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :