USAID assists in the fight against HIV / AIDS – Kenya News Agency
The United States government has assured the residents of Turkana County of its commitment to support the fight against the HIV / AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics.
During his visit to inspect USAID-funded projects in Turkana County, the United States Ambassador to Kenya Amb. Eric Kneedler praised the long-standing partnership between the US government, the government of Kenya and the Turkana County government.
Speaking during his visit to St. Patrick’s Dispensary in Lodwar, a facility belonging to the Diocese of Lodwar and which has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV / AIDS testing and treatment, the Ambassador of United States thanked the stakeholders who had come to support the HIV / AIDS facility.
“HIV / AIDS and Covid-19 are the two battles, instead of retreating and instead of giving up, we have continued to support the fight,” Kneedler said.
Additionally, Kneedler donated surgical masks and N95 masks to help protect both patients and doctors from contracting the Covid-19 virus.
He further donated sanitary napkins to save the girls from what he called another barrier preventing them from going to school.
For her part, the Nurse in charge of the St. Patrick’s Dispensary, Sr Florence Wafula, praised those who were ready to be tested for HIV / AIDS as she encouraged more people to visit the clinic and learn about it. their HIV / AIDS status.
“We have 865 HIV positive clients in care, 109 are mothers, 128 young people,” said Sr Wafula.
Lodwar Diocese Medical Coordinator Sr. Doris Mulongo said the US Ambassador chose to visit the facility because it was a high-end HIV care and treatment center. volume next to the county’s largest referral facility, Lodwar County Referral Hospital.
“St. Patrick’s was one of his areas of focus because, it is a high volume facility that receives the largest allocation of funds from USAID, it is doing well despite its capacity,” said Sr. Mulongo.
“The Diocese of Lodwar is seeking to improve the infrastructure of this facility to increase its performance so that it can do more than it does,” she said.
Diocese of Vicar General Fr. Paul Areman appreciated the young men and women who accepted their HIV status and decided to live positively.
“The Lodwar Diocese has been at the forefront in ensuring that Turkana County has zero HIV infection rates,” the father said. Areman.
By Ekuwam Sylvester and Peter Gitonga