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Kenya: NACC Calls for End to HIV Patients Stigma

 THE National Aids Control Council has appealed to the public to uphold human rights when attending to HIV/Aids patients.

NACC has called on the government to provide resources that will be used to combat and prevent further spread of the disease.

Speaking in Machakos county, NAAC boss, Alloys Orago, attributed continued spread of the viral disease to stigma and inadequate funding.

Appealing to the public to end discrimination, Orago singled out a section of the society that has recently been identified and marked as most at risk population, which include homosexuals, commercial sex workers and injectable drug users, saying prevalence among the groups is skyrocketing.hiv-vaccine

“By advocating for them to access services, we are not condoning their practices but championing the need to curb the spread of the virus,” Orago said.

He said if not addressed, the group can endanger other people.

Orago said through leadership and adequate resources, more gains will be realised in lowering the prevalent rate, which currently stands at 6.2 per cent.

He was presiding over the council’s launch of a campaign dubbed “HIV and Aids response in my county, my responsibility”, aimed at devolution of HIV/Aids activities and services.

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