The National, Friday 02nd December 2011
PORT Moresby South has been identified as the electorate with the highest percentage of reported HIV cases in the nation’s capital.
This was revealed by the National Capital District provincial AIDS committee chairman pastor Daniel Hewali at the Moresby South electorate World AIDS Day celebrations yesterday.
Hewali said statistics showed from an estimate of 13,000 reported cases in NCD, Moresby South had the highest percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS.
He said despite the figures, he believed in one particular stakeholder – the church – to show care and love as it plays an important role in people’s spiritual lives.
“An effective way is by the Word of God to combat the disease and God’s way is the best and most effective tool to minimise the statistics as He is in control,” Hewali said.
He urged Papua new Guineans to ask God to intervene as everyone wanted to see a change.
National AIDS Council Secretariat representative Joseph Mage said since the first HIV case was reported in 1988, it did not take long for the
country to record over 45,000 living with HIV and thousands dying from AIDS.
Mage said providing treatment to people and using them in rural prevention programmes now formed the basis to “zero” new infections over time.