By Abdi Hussein
Kajiado county government department of health has launched Sh 8 billion HIV and AIDS strategic plan for the next five years aimed at reducing the prevalence rate, stigma and support to persons living with the virus.
When launching the plan on 1st December 2020 during the world’s day commemoration in Kajiado KCB ground,Health ministry CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi graced the occasion, Kajiado Governor Joseph Lenku observed the county falls under the category of counties with moderate HIV infections with the prevalence rates standing at 3.4% as per the 2019 HIV Estimates data.
Governor Lenku said his administration focus will be on HIV testing and counseling noting the minimal number of staff offering the same services in the county.
He directed the County’s Department of Health Services to ensure there are at least 5 HIV Testers and Counselors in each of our Level 4Hospitals
He said the Kajiado County HIV and AIDS Profile and Kajiado County HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan will present critical data to aid in policy decisions and planning.
“The Profile unmasks a picture of great strides in the HIV interventions. The success in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Kajiado County is owed to the multi-sect oral approach to the fight against the pandemic, “Said Governor Lenku.
Governor Lenku committed to allocate more resources for the HIV Response through the County Treasury allocations.
” my government plans tointroduce a Bill at the County Assembly that will ensure that a certain percentage of our Health Budget goers into HIV Domestic financing as well as creation of a
County Fund for HIV and Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs),”He added
To implement the strategic plan, the county government is seeking support from stake holders in health sector.
However HIV patients cry foul over shortage of ARVs drug supply in wake of Covid 19 pandemic with widows and children bearing the major brunt.
Some infected widows recounted their tough journey battling HIV Aids to the extent of being disinherited and treated as an outcast by the society.
Thirty years Milcent Otieno,who eke a living through manual jobs ,was born HIV positive and has been lately struggling to get a steady supply of ARVs.
The KCHSP has outlined the Kajiado County HIV profile where the prevalence stands at 4.4% with adult women and men at 6.3% and 3.8% respectively. A total of 23,056 people are living with HIV.