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NYAGARAMA LAUNCHES HIV IMPACT ASSESSMENT SURVEY

In an effort levelled at accessing better understanding of the HIV impact, Governor John Nyagarama of Nyamira County has launched an HIV Impact Assessment Survey.

Speaking today at Uhuru Garden Grounds, the county boss disclosed that HIV/AIDS remains a major public concern across the world, notably the Sub-Saharan Africa which is heavily burdened.

Nyagarama noted, HIV prevalence rate in Nyamira County stands at 6.4 per cent with an average of 1,637 new infections annually according to 2016 estimates.

The County boss regretted that a whopping 24,357 among his constituents are living with HIV where 1, 452 are children.

 ”Among my people living with HIV, 13,232 are on treatment which means we still have 11,077 who are yet to be identified" charged Nyagarama.

According to health records and indicators, viral suppression rates in the county are estimated at 74 per cent which is far much below the 90 per cent targets by end of 2019.

The Governor called on the constituents to remain positive even as professionals and health partners move in to cluster the households so as to bring out the true impact on new infections and those on treatment but unknown.

"I encourage the selected residents of Nyamira County to cooperate with officers carrying out the exercise in the identified households. Let us holistically participate in this important exercise as the expected outcome will be of immense help to us as we plan our lives," he said.

Health Executive committee Member Douglas Bosire said that ignorance, poverty and infectious diseases will only be wiped out when locals prioritize the importance of knowing their status.

The County Director of Medical service Dr. .Jack Magara disclosed that the Kenya Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) is a National HIV survey led by the Government of Kenya through the ministry of Health and that it could help in describing the current status of HIV epidemic in the country.

"We will be targeting the population aged between 64 years and below and we will not only test HIV but also Syphils and Hepatitis B viruses," said Dr. Magara who added that the team will work in 14 clusters consisting of 25 households per cluster.