Stay away from drinking holes to avoid AIDS - official

Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- A senior official in Namibia's health and social services ministry has said that he supported President Sam Nujoma's recent advice to men to stay away from alcoholic bars in order to spend more time with their families.
Kalumbi Shangula, who is a permanent secretary in the ministry, said that keeping Namibian men away from bars to spend more time with their families would make them less exposed to the risk of HIV/AIDS.
Shangula was speaking Monday during a handing over ceremony of funds and information materials by the UN Population Fund to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia, AIDS Hero Action Group and the Namibia Football Association in Oshakati.
He reminded his listeners that there was no cure for the killer disease, adding that the current retroviral drugs should not be seen as a cure.
Also speaking, Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa said that his region had more than 1,000 orphans whose parents died from HIV/AIDS.

08 may 2001 17:41:00

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