A technical committee organising the HIV and Aids testing campaign week next month has been established at Otjiwarongo.
Head of the committee, Franz Kaluhoni told Nampa on Thursday shortly after their weekly consultative meeting at Otjiwarongo that all logistics and preparations have been done so far.
“We have secured a venue closer to the majority target audience, a dedicated mobilisation team has been formed, local musicians confirmed and health testing equipment are here with us,” said Kaluhoni.
He said the campaign is targeting young people between the ages of 15 to 24 years.
This was agreed on after a 2015 National Assessment on Adolescents and HIV/Aids testing campaign week was held and obtained a low coverage in this age group, said Kaluhoni.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services has given the Otjozondjupa Region a target of 150 young males and females to be tested this year.
The actual testing is set for 18 to 20 October 2017 at the DRC Soccer Field in Otjiwarongo.
Kaluhoni said a mobile vehicle equipped with instruments and testing devices will also visit different identified centres.
“Everyone is welcome to participate and test, but our focus will be on the young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years as our target,” said Kaluhoni.
Previous similar campaigns were held in 2013 and 2015 and obtained very low results – 28.5 per cent and 13.9 per cent for males and females.
The week intends to promote and offer the voluntary male medical circumcision services to the males who will be referred to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.
The consistent use of condoms will be highly promoted during the campaign, said Kaluhoni.
Government ministries of youth, sports and national service, information and communication technology, finance, safety and security, education, arts and culture, community based and non-governmental organisations are also involved.
Community mobilisation in schools is expected to start the first week of October this year.
The same campaigns will also take place in Khomas, Oshana, both Kavango regions, Zambezi, Ohangwena, Omusati, and Erongo regions.
Prior and post counselling services will be offered by health officials.
- Title: Otjozondjupa prepares for HIV and Aids testing campaign week
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