Botswana: Botswana president calls for collective efforts to fight HIV

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has implored the nation to unite in fighting the HIV scourge saying a collective effort is needed coupled with individual responsibility.

“Treatment can never replace personal behaviour. Government can only do so much. Personal responsibility is the key. An HIV-free generation is truly imminent,” Khama said on Thursday as Botswana joined the rest of the world to mark World Aids Day.

Khama further said the nation needed to be together – “young and old alike to bring the epidemic under control and ultimately to an end”.

Over the past three decades Botswana has made various strides in the HIV/AIDS fight.
Currently Botswana has a mother to child transmission rate of about 1.6 %, having dropped from a high of 40% in 2001.

However, Khama said non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remained another serious challenge.

“We are afflicted by conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and many others because of our lifestyle and behaviour,” he said and urged the nation to consider a healthy diet and physical exercise to avoid NCDs.
-0- PANA DRW/MA 1Dec2016

01 ديسمبر 2016 11:45:36

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