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Mzuzu City Council to disseminate HIV and AIDS messages through social media

Written by  Andrew Mkonda

 

Mzuzu, December 21, 2017: Mzuzu City Council (MCC) says plans are underway to start disseminating HIV and AIDS messages through social media such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

Mzuzu City AIDS Coordinator, Harvey Limwado said this Wednesday at Mzuzu Stadium during the commemoration of World AIDS Day.

His statement follows poor patronage the event had this year which, according to him, people have had a lot of messages on HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Limwado added that, “You know technology changes every day and there is need to find new ways of reaching people using different information gadgets that are available.”

“Gone are the days when people had to converge at one place for one to relay messages to them. So if we diversify ways of reaching out to people, we shall reach out to many of them, more especially in urban areas like Mzuzu,” the Coordinator pointed out.

Limwado said inadequate resources towards HIV and AIDS activities are a challenge in the implementation of the new initiative.

“To come up with good messages that will attractive people, we need a lot of resources. Funding towards HIV prevention, treatment and even impact mitigation is going down, so even other new interventions, definitely, will be affected,” he viewed.

Mzuzu City Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alexander Mwakikunga called on married couples to be faithful to each other to avoid contracting HIV and AIDS pandemic.

He said any country, including Malawi, needs healthy people who can effectively contribute towards the development of that particular country.

During the event, Owen Mhone from NAPHAM gave a testimony of his HIV positive status.
He advised people who tested HIV positive to continue taking their antiretroviral medication and never be cheated by some religious people who tell them to stop taking drugs after praying for them.

Mhone said he was found with the virus in 1996 but he is still energetic because he refrains from immoral behaviour and follows good eating habits.

HIV prevalence rate for Mzuzu City remains at 12 percent, according to Demographic Survey of 2010.

The event that was commemorated under the theme: “Right to Health; Access to quality HIV prevention and treatment for all” and was spiced up by activities such as drama, poems and malipenga dance by Mzuzu Prison inmates.

 

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