Alfred Nzo District Municipality hosted a District World Aids day at Bualala Village ward 29 in Mbizana to celebrate and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Also to remember loved ones who have died from the virus and its related illness, whilst mobilising communities to work together to fight the scourge and also showing solidarity with people who are living with HIV/AIDS.
Delivering the Key Message, His Worship, the Executive Mayor Cllr. Sixolile Mehlomakhulu reiterated Government’s commitment to ensuring that 90% of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90÷ of those knowing their status getting access to Anti-Retroviral Treatment and 90% of Viral Load supressed. Mehlomakhulu also encouraged communities to adhere to covid-19 regulations since the corona virus is still in existence.
Meanwhile Pumlo Lusawana from Department of Health said this is the day where South Africa as the whole remind people that HIV/AIDS still exists and as the department we give support to those that are affected and also we honour those who have passed away because of HIV/AIDS. People must protect themselves at all time and to those that are infected should take their treatment.
Mbizana Local Municipality Mayor Mafumbatha said parents must tell their children when is the time of dating because some children they become victims of sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS at any early stage, the blame is on the parents because they do not talk about these things to their children. She continued by saying its everyone’s responsibility to fight against HIV/AIDS, more than 3.5million people taking HIV/AIDS treatment so people must get tested before it is too late.