18 Oct 2019

 

National HIV Commission Kicks off Voluntary Counselling and Testing In Wau

"There are some people who will not give blood for a sick relative because they fear once blood is taken, it would have to be tested for HIV/AIDS,”

By James Deng Dimo

Wau 03, June, 2019 [GURTONG] - The National HIV/AIDS commissioner, in collaboration with Wau State Ministry of Health and with a support from the USAIDS today launched a massive voluntary HIV/AIDS testing and counselling awareness.

The awareness was launched at Wau main stadium, targeting all forces, which include the Police, Fire Brigades, Wildlife &  Prison Services as well as the SSPDF.

Speaking during the event, Wau State Minister of Health, who represented the state’s governor at the launching, James Patrice Ibrahim said it was very important not only for the especial forces to know
their status but also for each and every citizens in the state.

The minister also said that the testing centres have also been allocated outside the town at the military bases.

“On this occasion, I would like to thank the commission of HIV/AIDS in South Sudan and to thank the soldiers, police and other forces. We in South Sudan fear HIV/AIDS. People don’t want to be tested. There are some people who will not give blood for a sick relative because they fear once blood is taken, it would have to be tested for HIV/AIDS,” said the state minister of health.

“But”, he added, “we need to call upon people to go for testing because testing can make you aware of your status. We cannot take you by forces but you just have to go and be tested. I have seen good courage from the civilians and soldiers that have come for testing”.

Some of the police who spoke to Gurtong during the testing welcomed the move, describing it as an helpful idea for a police to know his or her status for protection.

One policeman said: “My name is Simon Bol Riek, a corporal in police. I want to tell my colleagues in police in Wau State, the HIV/AIDS testing is another way for protection of especial forces. People should be organized to know their health status within the communities in the state. For sure the test for HIV has a great value for the local community as well as the whole of South Sudan. I want to send my message to my colleagues in the police, rank holders and juniors, that they should come
for testing at Wau Stadium.”
 

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