Parents urged to educate children about condom use

By Mandela Nelson Denis

Dr: Achol Ayom, the Deputy Chairperson of South Sudan Aids Commission has called on parents to educate their children about condom use in order to reduce the risk of new infection in the country.

She made these remarks at the opening of a workshop under the theme, “Programme for community systems and civil Organizations on HIV/AIDS.”

The deputy Chairperson identified the young people as Sex Machines, who don’t know how to protect themselves if they were not advised; giving examples of beautiful girls who were troubled because everyone was running after them.

“Beautiful girls are troubled, because everyone is running after them. Sit down with your children and talk to them about HIV/AIDS, give your children condoms and teach them how to use them so that they do not get infected by HIV/AIDS”, Dr. Achol told C.S.Os from different states at Aaron International Hotel on Wednesday.

Dr Achol further explained that charity starts at home and strongly urged parents to educate them about condom use.

Mrs. Shopia Mukasa Monico, the Country Director of USAID in her remarks encouraged Civil Society Organizations to do more in order to restore hope and improve the lives of those infected by HIV/AIDS.

“Civil Society Organizations, you are the back bone, because you work closely with the people down there. Very few men know their HIV/AIDS status, they only go to the hospital when they are about to die. Please educate more men to go for testing”, said Sophia.

She further added that there is need for youths in the country to join the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in order for the 999 goal to be achieved.

Rebecca who hails from lakes states said that door to door survey on HIV/AIDS was done in her state in 2013. She however recommended that the same should be done in other states in order to reduce the rate of HIV infection.

In the meeting it was revealed that areas such as Aweil have the lowest rate of condom users.

Mrs. Sophia said that 5% of South Sudanese between the ages of 24 to 35 know their HIV/AIDS status, meaning that the 95% are not aware, whether they are infected or not.

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