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WESTERN PROVINCE GETS 5 MILLION CONDOMS

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A Government agency has released 5 million condoms for distribution to residents of Western province in a bid to curb the spread of HIV/Aids. The National Aids Control council (Nacc) has identified over 200 groups to be used in the fight against the scourge in the four Counties of the region. Nacc has also allocated over Sh 81 million towards the fight against the spread of the disease in the region during this financial year. said the supply of the condoms will enhance prevention of HIV/Aids and assist the Government’s efforts in fighting the scourge. Western PC Samuel Kilele said all District Commissioners (DCs) in Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Bungoma Counties will be tasked to create awareness and behaviour change in their work places. “We are stepping up the campaign as part of implementation of the performance contract and to prevent new infections,” said Mr Kilele. Nacc Western Provincial Field Officer Reuben Musundi said each of the 24 constituencies in the region is set to get Sh350, 000 to enlighten locals on the disease. Kilele and Mr Musundi were speaking during a training workshop for DCs drawn from the province at a Kakamega hotel. Musundi said districts created prior to the release of the money by the World Bank will get an additional Sh14.6 million. “Nineteen districts that have technical committees on HIV/Aids will be funded as per the proposal they made,” said Musundi. He explained areas of funding focus on populations at risk, support to people living with HIV/Aids and couple counselling and testing. He added the proposals that focused on community health units and communication strategies have also been given priority in the funding. Musundi explained that the project dubbed “ Total War Against HIV/Aids” has been scaled up, noting that the districts will be given Sh 700, 000 each. He said the money will be rolled out to the selected groups from March next year.

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