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Sunday, 30 November 2014

AIDS NUMBER ONE KILLER OF KITUI WOMEN

Forty five per cent of the deaths for women in Kitui county are caused by the HIV/AIDS related diseases. This is according to Kitui county AIDS and sexually transmitted infections coordinator Felistus Vuku. Vuku said women are the ones who carry the highest burden of the AIDS pandemic.
“This is due to their nature,” she said. Vuku said that Homa Bay, Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya, Turkana and Migori are the six top counties that have the highest burden of the AIDS scourge in Kenya. The expert was lecturing participants from Kitui county during a one-day consultative forum on HIV/AIDS organised by the National AIDS Control Council where the Kitui county governor, Julius Malombe’s wife Edith was the chief guest.
Vuku said that the maternal deaths are associated with poverty. “We in Kitui county are waiting for funds that we are going to be given by the Global Fund towards the elimination of the HIV/AIDS infections in the region,” he said. Kitui county health and sanitation minister Ruth Koki said that cancer diseases are now killing more people in the world than AIDS. Koki said that Kitui county government is undertaking a range of measures towards improving the health services in the county.
“Our ultimate goal is to change the people’s lives. We are going to do more than what we are doing for our people in the county. We need mothers to deliver at the health facilities and not at homes. Experts save them from deaths during the delivering time,” the county minister said.
A senior official with the Aphia Plus non governmental organisation Patience Ziro said that no woman should die because of delivering. “No woman should die because of delivery related condition which is within our reach,” the non governmental organisation official said.