Over 60 people tested HIV Positive.
By Kidega Livingstone
At least 60 people have been found to be HIV positive in Munuki and Hai Kuiat Primary Health Care Centre after 800 residents were tested.
The statistics were discovered after the National Empowerment and Positive Women United in collaboration with Inter-Churches Medical Assistant (a national governmental organizations operating in the Country) conducted a HIV testing at Munuki Primary Health Care Centre yesterday.
32 cases were discovered from Munuki Payam after 500 people got tested and 28 cases in other health centres after 300 people also got tested. The effort came following a campaign that attracted many residents to the voluntary counseling and testing for them to get to know their HIV status.
Speaking to Juba Monitor, the Councilor and Nurse at the Antiretroviral therapy (ART) Unit, John Achiek said that those who tested positive will be referred to the Antivirus trophy assessment in the government hospitals and health centres in Juba.
The Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) is a medication that reduces the rate of production of the virus-HIV. The drugs do not kill or cure the virus. However, when taken in combination they can prevent the growth of the virus and slow it down.
“Actually, the areas that we get many HIV positive cases are in areas like New site and Suk Wewe because many people in those areas do not use condoms; you tell them to use condoms but they refuse. They engage in unprotected sex and that is where the problem lies,” said Achiek.
On the other hand, the team Leader of Mentor Mothers attached to Munuki Health Centre, Kaya Anet said they are very happy because the number of people who tested positive is declining compared to last year, 2016.
“The patients who are on drugs are not getting good food and they always complain to us who are monitoring them,”said Kaya.
“We also lack airtime in case a patient calls you at night to follow up on his or her health condition because you cannot be able to call the driver to go and bring them to the hospital for checkup,” she added.
National Empowerment of Positive Women United (NEPWU) in collaboration with their partners, the Inter-church Medical Assistant- IMA, IOM, HIV and AIDS commission and the National Ministry of Health has put strategies to give voluntary services to the civil population in the Country that encourages people to get tested, know their status in order for them to be enrolled for early Treatment.