Spiralling HIV/AIDS cases worry administrators

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Administrators in Kenya's Nyanza province say the rise in HIV/AIDS infection among communities along the Lake Victoria beaches has reached alarming proportions.
Nyanza Provincial Commissioner John Nandasaba said half of the population on the Kenyan side of Africa's largest fresh water mass is HIV positive, compared to less that 40 percent in 2000.
Nandasaba said the infection rate in Bondo district bordering the lake had increased from 24 to 29 percent in the last 12 months.
AIDS-related deaths among fishermen operating along the beaches were also increasing, the administrator said.
Confirming the worrying situation, Medical Officer Francis Odira said "the government is providing condoms and drugs for sexually transmitted infections (STI) as a measure to control AIDS".

29 august 2001 10:23:00




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