The Star (Nairobi)

5 September 2013

Kenya: Group Warns On HIV/Aids Cure Belief

Kenyans have been cautioned against being carried away by beliefs in divine healing of HIV/AIDS in the country.

Speaking yesterday in Nakuru during a county dialogue breakfast meeting organized by the National Empowerment Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya-NEPHAK.

Nakuru county development co-ordinator Lydisia Wanyonyi said that todate no cure has been found for HIV/AIDS. "Kenyans should not be fooled to believe that there is cure for this pandemic because there is none at the moment" he said.

she said that most people have in the recent past been conned by unscrupulous "pastors" who claim to have devine power to heal HIV.

Wanyonyi said that, those infected should seek the advice of trained personnel who hold crucial information on the pandemic.

"Those infected should not allow themslves to be conned by pastors who claim to have devine power to heal the" she said

she said that through the government and other stakeholders, several advocacy programmes have been initiated in order to create awareness on HIV/AIDS in the communities.

The co-ordinator however singled out shortage of test clubs, cd4 count and viral load machines which she said are important for effective management of HIV.

she added that with the devolved governments in place, there should be concerted efforts to make the machines available at ward level in order to reach out to those infected at the grass root level.

Wanyonyi noted that when the kazi kwa vijana programme was rolled out in Nakuru, Sh6.6 million was disbursed where a portion of it funded projects that enabled youths who care for the HIV orphans start income generating projects.

She said that HIV prevalence in Nakuru was considerably high due to high poverty level and lack of basic information on the pandemic.

The co-ordinator said that the county government of Nakuru has within its blueprint policies to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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