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Schools hear of HIV/AIDS

By LOSIRENE CHAND The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, continued his HIV/AIDS campaign in the Northern Division last week. As the country’s ambassador for HIV/AIDS he visited nine secondary schools in
02 Feb 2014 07:57
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (left), with Selina Lee Wah in Labasa.  Photo: LOSIRENE CHAND

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (left), with Selina Lee Wah in Labasa. Photo: LOSIRENE CHAND

By LOSIRENE CHAND

The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, continued his HIV/AIDS campaign in the Northern Division last week.
As the country’s ambassador for HIV/AIDS he visited nine secondary schools in Labasa.
Students were told that 85 per cent of HIV/AIDS cases were contracted through heterosexual sex while 2.5 per cent were transmitted through male to male sex.
In the first quarter of 2013, 11 new cases were reported taking the cumulative total of people living with the disease in Fiji to 493.
He reiterated that it was the initiative of the Government and the Ministry of Health to combat the deadly disease.
He said a child would help create awareness of this virus by talking about it with their friends and parents.
“We have to face reality and we have to talk about this.”
“It is part of my job to take this awareness to the youths, the schools in Fiji.”
“I’ve been to all secondary schools in Viti Levu and have had parents and primary school students listen and ask questions.”
He said the Ministry of Health and iTaukei Affairs, through the provincial councils, were working together to combat HIV/AIDS.




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