- Published on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 00:57
- Written by PETI SIYAME in Sumbawanga
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NKASI District Commissioner, Mr Idd Kimanta said concerted efforts for the past ten years, in fighting HIV/AIDs infection were bearing fruits as infection rate of the deadly scourge has declined down to 3.1 per cent until June, this year.
The DC revealed this to the 'Daily News' during an exclusive interview in his office in Namanyere Town in Nkasi District recently.
"Thanks to concerted efforts as the method used in fighting HIV /AIDs infections, including sensitizing the community, showing educational films and documentaries and distribution of pamphlets in all areas in the district, involved all leaders and stakeholders from grass roots to district level," added the DC.
The DC further said that about 3,327 people living with HIV/AIDS have started receiving ARV therapy, among them 1,275 are men while women are 2,052, provided from various health facilities in the district.
Mr Kimanta also revealed that 3,882 elderly people aged 60 years and above in the district have started receiving identity cards, which would enable them to be provided free health services in 40 health facilities in the area.