Jiwaka gets vehicle for HIV/AIDS fight

National, Normal

The National, Monday 20th May 2013

 A COFFEE and tea producer has donated a vehicle to the Jiwaka provincial AIDS council to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in the province. 

The presentation was made at the WR Carpenters head office in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands, last Friday and witnessed by Jiwaka provincial administrator Tokana Hasavi and members of the council.

Hasavi, who is the chairman of the council, thanked WR Carpenters for its continuous support to the people of Jiwaka. 

He said the vehicle donated would be used by his members to reach out into the rural areas in their fight against the dreaded disease.

He appealed to the people to appreciate the assistance by allowing the company to operate smoothly in the province

“My office will continue to maintain the high level of consultation with the company to maintain good working relationship to serve the people in the years to come,” he said.

The company’s community relation manager, John Pilma, said they have been supporting the work of the HIV/AIDS in the province over the years when Jiwaka was under Western Highlands.

Pilma said the donation of the vehicle would help the newly established PAC to move around and get the message to the bulk of the people living in the rural areas.

He added that HIV/AIDS was a big threat to the people and workforce of the province.