The Governor of Eastern Equatoria State (EES) has said that in order to attain zero new HIV infection by 2015, it was time to launch talks about the disease daily. He called on citizens to create awareness at home, workplaces and churches.
He clarified that the task is not only given to leaders but heads of all families alongside their siblings so that each person is ‘tuned’ to become responsible.
In his speech read to gathering at Torit freedom square by the State Health Minister, Mr. Felix Sam Makuja during the commemoration of the 23rd World AIDS Day, last Thursday, the Governor urged the EES people to be responsible.
“I urge parents or heads of institutions in the country to talk to young children at home or schools, to the army at their respective barracks, to civil servants at your work place or offices, to people at social gatherings plus social joints too,” he read.
He said if the initiative is respected and implemented, scores of ignorant people about the dangers of the virus would be terrified hence change their irresponsible behaviours.
His speech further encouraged the State citizens to go for HIV test at the newly established centres in the State and also encouraged them to declare their HIV status during public gatherings as part of educating the State.
He discouraged stigmatization and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS by community or family members instead he asked them to talk openly about it, this would help in shrinking the rapid spread.
The Governor disheartened particular cultural practices that are negative towards the new approaches and encourage the widespread of HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Hon. Lobong advised the citizens to use available preventive measures for the protection of their lives. He encouraged people to take blood tests to know their HIV status without fear or shame.
In order to be hopeful and have bright future expectations for the present generations, the Governor invited the relevant UN bodies and NGO partners plus civil society groups to join his administration and jointly combat against the deadly and infectious disease.