The National, Wednesday 29th August, 2012
THE Jiwaka interim provincial AIDS council (PAC) has received K2,500 from the National AIDS Council (NAC) to open a bank account.
NAC acting director Philip Tabo, HIV/AIDS regional adviser Ismiel Robert and human resource manager Joe Magi visited Banz last Thursday and presented the money during a stakeholders meeting.
The meeting was to establish a new Jiwaka PAC.
The stakeholders, including deputy provincial administrator for Jiwaka Nop Amban, Western Highlands AIDS coordinator Joshua Meninga, HIV technical officer Apollos Yimbak and others agreed that the interim committee would be reviewed during their next meeting.
Tabo said Jiwaka was a separate province and must have its own provincial AIDS committee to fight the epidemic there, adding that they no longer fell under the Western Highlands provincial AIDS office.
Amban said the Jiwaka government would be happy to work along with the new AIDS council.
He told the stakeholders who will become members of the PAC to feel free to talk to the provincial administration.
Meninga told the stakeholders they had more than 20 interim members but that should be cut down to 13-15.