Geita Gold Mine has saluted the government for its efforts in fighting the HIV/AIDS, and thanked Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa for accepting the role of the country's Ambassador in the war against the pandemic.
The sentiments were voiced recently in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, by GGM Vice Chairman Simon Shayo.
It was at an occasion for receiving 45 climbers who descended from Mount Kilimanjaro and 33 cyclists who cycled around Africa's highest mountain as part of this year's Kilimanjaro Climb Against HIV and AIDS Campaign.
"The decision by Prime Minister Majaliwa to accept the role of Ambassador in the anti-AIDS war has encouraged those of us who have been in this field for 17 years now; his decision is also a clear proof that the fifth phase government is committed in collaborating with other stakeholders in the fight against AIDS, " he said.
Commenting on the campaign - Kilimanjaro Challenge Against HIV and AIDS that he said was in its seventeenth year, Mr Shayo said more than 15bn/- had been collected so far since it started and that the funds had been donated to organisations in the country that were committed to the war against the pandemic.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, said the voluntary testing initiative that was launched by the prime minister in Dodoma recently had begun to bear fruit.
"The launch has been promptly supported in Dodoma, whereby during the first week, only 4,725 people came out to test their health status; of these 3,061 (65 per cent) were men and 1,664 (35 per cent) were women," she said.
Ms Mwalimu further explained that the government acknowledged efforts by different stakeholders in the fight against AIDS, which she said included GGM and its partners in the annual Kilimanjaro Climb Against AIDS.
"As a gesture of supporting your efforts, I promise to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next year as part of the 2019 Kilimanjaro Challenge Climb against AIDS team," she said, amid applause from those who were present during the occasion held at the Mweka gate of the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA).
Ms Mwalimu said that apart from supporting GGM efforts, she would also be supporting the premier's efforts in the noble cause, by accepting the role of the country's ambassador in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Minister Mwalimu said the government would ensure that there would be enough medicine for those who would be diagnosed with HIV and AIDS whom she said would start using them immediately, so as to achieve the global goals of the fight against AIDS by 2020.
The TACAIDS Executive Director, Dr Leonard Maboko, said the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country was still vital and that its success rested on close cooperation between different stakeholders.