Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

11 November 2012

Tanzania: Kagera Records Impressive Reduction in HIV

Bukoba — KAGERA region has succeeded to reduce HIV infection rate from 17 to 3.7 per cent, a landmark which should be upheld, Kagera Regional Commissioner, Fabian Massawe, has said. He said these efforts should be strengthened to ensure the virus is eliminated completely.

Mr Massawe made the call in Bukoba Municipality on Friday. He also said the region has made impressive achievements in education, health and provision of social services during the past 50 years. He said while in 1961 the region had only one hospital, to-date there are a total of 13 hospitals.

The number of primary schools had increased from 50 in 1961 to over 1,500 while the number of secondary schools also increased from four in 1961 to over 50. Mr Massawe said despite these achievements, there was need for the people to work harder to improve their living standards.

He noted that the region had slumped from third position to the 19th position among 21 regions. He called upon residents in the region to utilize the abundant resources, good weather conditions and the surrounding Lake Victoria for their wellbeing.

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