By Barrack Muli
Kitui residents joined the world in marking the World AIDS Day at Wikililye, Kitui Central Sub-County.
Addressing the hundreds of participants in attendance, the County First Lady confirmed that infections for the virus are presently at 21,000 individuals countywide, a number that is startling despite the constant measures undertaken by the government to combat the disease.
She decried over the 50% populace of the county residents who haven’t tested their status over the past years citing stigmatization from members of the society.
Mama Edith however applauded the sinking prevalence of the virus from 4.8- 4.4% mark annually linking this to the efforts by different stakeholders over the years to curb the spread of the virus through education on the dangers of the virus and the deterrence measures necessary for safety for a AIDS free county.
She added that a lot has been done by Kyeni Foundation on educating the society on positive living with those infected and also on the ways to uphold prevention of the disease among the county population to reduce the spread and ensure survival of children born of infected mothers.
A solid number of the participants were tested and others benefited from cancer screening services that had been availed by the County Ministry of Health.
These celebrations are marked annually on December 1st Worldwide.