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Northern Red Sea region: Communities called upon to enhance participation in prevention of communicable diseases

The Health Ministry’s branch in the Northern Red Sea region has called on communities to enhance participation in prevention of communicable diseases, especially that of HIV/AIDS.

Massawa, 3 June 2013 – The Health Ministry’s branch in the Northern Red Sea region has called on communities to enhance participation in prevention of communicable diseases, especially that of HIV/AIDS. It made the call in connection with a training course organized for health personnel working at sub-zonal level, during which it was stated that VCT centers in the region are rendering noteworthy service.

Dr. Yohanes Tekeste, head of the branch office, explained that the role of the inhabitants is vital in the ongoing endeavors of nurturing the necessary behavioral change thereof through active community participation, besides combating the stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS.

The training course focusing on HIV/AIDS involved ways and means of addressing issues such as proper use of ARV, mother-to-child transmission of HIV during pregnancy, cure of STDs and the required care for people living with the virus, among others.

The participants of the training expressed readiness to demonstrate commitment in their career.

Furthermore, Mr. Ogbai Gebresilasie, head of HIV/AIDS prevention in the region, pointed out that the trainees are due to play significant role in fostering the pace of control of the disease in rural areas.

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