Gov’t projects could lead to spread of HIV in Naivasha – DCC
The mega projects currently being undertaken in Naivasha and its environs could lead to an increase in the spread of HIV/AIDS in the area, Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner has said.
According to DCC Isaac Masinde, the influx of people working in the projects could lead to the spread of the HIV virus.
Masinde pointed to the Standard Gauge Railway and Olkaria geothermal exploration as some of the key projects expected to employ hundreds of Kenyans.
“We are looking at new ways to help curb the increase of HIV/AIDS here now that we have so many people coming to work in Naivasha,” said Masinde.
“The two highways that also cut across the lake side town could be an avenue for the spread and we want to sensitize our people on how to stay safe from vices that may lead to infections,” he added.
Masinde was speaking during a sensitisation meeting on HIV/AIDS and disability mainstreaming for Ministry of Interior staff in his office.
He noted that government officials are not spared in the vise due to constant transfers in various regions in the country.
On his part, Samuel Njogu, a consultant who led the training said the government was concerned on the new trends of the disease, saying that time was ripe to help one another overcome the challenges.
Njogu said married couples were leading in the statistics going by the recent report by the National Aids Control Council report.
“We are visiting all heads of departments of the Ministry of interior at the sub county level to train them on HIV/AIDs and they will in turn do the same training on their juniors and this is one way of helping reduce its spread.”
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