Sumbawanga — NKASI District in Rukwa Region has succeeded to reduce HIV infection rate from 17 to 3.1 per cent, a landmark for the past seven years , which should be upheld and sustained, Nkasi District Commissioner Mr Iddy Kimanta has said.
The DC further noted that the efforts should be strengthened to ensure the virus is eliminated completely in the district . Mr Kimanta made such a call in Sumbawanga municipality recently to reporters when he was highlighting on the impressive achievement recorded on implementation of series of development projects in the district for the past seven years.
According to the DC , the district has made impressive achievement in education , health and provision of social services during the past seven years. He said that while the district had only 31 health centres in 2005, to date there are a total of 39 of which 36 are run by the State, while three are privately owned.
The number of secondary schools had also increased to 22 from only nine in 2005. Likewise, the number of students joining Form One had increased to 2,239 from 1,206 during the past seven years ago. Mr Kimanta further explained that despite these impressive achievements, there was need for the residents in the district to work harder to improve their living standard.
He also called upon the resident in the district to fully utilize the abundant resources, good weather conditions for agriculture and the surrounding Lake Tanganyika for their well-being.