The World Health Organization or W.H.O. Advisor on HIV and AIDS, and Tobaculosis, Dr. Moses Jeuronlonhas disclosed that measures are being put in place that would enable people to know their status especially, pregnant women.
He said W.H. O. has a strategic plan that by 2020 HIV will be under control, and by 2030 there will be not much affected persons living with HIV. The W.H.O Advisor said the disease is no longer a death sentence like before, noting that people are taking the medicine and they are living longer and also they are knowledgeable on how to prevent it.
Dr. Jeuronlon said part of the strategic plan is to set up testing center in Montserrado County,Margibi and Grand Bassa counties, respectively because these are the counties with the highest number of people living with HIV, saying it is 2.7 percent each.
He said training will be held to enable community health workers to carry on the testing in their various communities, especially young girls who are really vulnerable and need to know their status in order to get treated sooner.
Since 1988 the World Health Organization has been celebrating December 1st each year to raise awareness and honor for those who have died of HIV and AIDS. This year, the day was celebrated in Ganta, Nimba County with a series of awareness and a roundtable discussion among young people.
AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome is a term that covers a range of infections and illnesses caused by weak immune system. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus which is caused by AIDS. It is in the group called retrovirus. HIV destroys the white blood cells in the body – important cells that protectthe blood against various bacteria, viruses and germs.
By Ethel A Tweh