The Star (Nairobi)

7 June 2012

Kenya: Push MPs to Pass Bill, Residents Told

The National Aids Control Council yesterday urged Eastern province residents to press their MPs to pass the pending National Aids Control Council Bill to boost the fight against the scourge in the country. Members of the council who are touring the second largest province said the province, which is largely semi-arid is hard hit by the pandemic.

Led by Ken Wafula, the team said the passage of the Bill will help curb and control the spread of the disease in the area, adding that it will address the policy gaps that hinder the NACC's effectiveness in the tackling the disease. Wafula, who is also the chairman of the NGOs council board, said the fight against the HIV/Aids in the province is disadvantaged because of lack of resources for the expansive region.

Wafula, who was accompanied by members Abdulahi Ali and Catherine Mutuku, said such barriers require enough funds to overcome, adding that the council depends on unreliable and limited foreign funding. He said the passage of the Bill will ensure the establishment of a permanent and independent National Aids Control Commission, which will be publicly funded. Wafula said the areas hardest hit by the disease are the miraa growing zones of Meru and Embu and sand harvesting quarries of lower eastern of the province. He said the fight against HIV/Aids is a national priority because it affects the country's economy when it affects the most productive member of society.

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