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MLGRD Youth commemorates MAYA
14/03/16
MLGRD Youth commemorates MAYA  Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Youth officially launched Month of Youth Against HIV/AIDS at the ministry Kgotla on Friday under the theme “Zero new Infection, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS related Deaths”. Speaking during the launch Dr. Tlamelo Sekambo said the youth are mostly affected by HIV/AIDS as they make large percentage of the total population in the country.

MLGRD Youth commemorates MAYA

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Youth officially launched Month of Youth Against HIV/AIDS at the ministry Kgotla on Friday under the theme “Zero new Infection, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS related Deaths”.

Speaking during the launch Dr. Tlamelo Sekambo said the youth are mostly affected by HIV/AIDS as they make large percentage of the total population in the country.

She urged all people and stakeholders involved to take part and play a significant role to combat the virus.

Dr. Sekambo noted that supporting the youth this month is key and extending a hand towards them and even availing resources to youth is important.

She said all the people should embrace those living with HIV/AIDS never to discriminate them but rather to extend their support and love to encourage patients to take treatment.

She urged the people to remember the theme as they move forward even after the month of March.

On her part Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, said all people should take part to support the youth in this month and beyond as they are the most ones affected by the epidemic.

Ms. Tshireletso said in the years 1985 when the HIV virus infection was newly discovered they were the youth of that time and most youth were affected and eventually passed away due to less awareness and knowledge about the disease and there was no treatment at that time.

She encouraged everyone to take responsibility as either way or the other everyone is affected by HIV/AIDS and it is always encouraging to see people coming out declaring their status and educating others about the disease and how to leave and stay optimistic about life whilst living with the disease and taking treatment.

Addressing the youth Ms Masedi Kewamodimo from Potlako Emergency Trainers said she was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS at the age of 10years after her parents passed on while she was five years old due to the fatal disease.

Ms Kewamodimo noted that she has been living with HIV for 21years and she has been taking treatment for 13years, adding that she faced a lot of discrimination after coming open about her status and in other occasions people will even forget her name and distance themselves from her as an HIV/AIDS patient.

She said people living with HIV/AIDS should be treated equally just like everybody as they are people too.

The Assistant Ministers of the Department Ms Tshireletso and Mr France Van Westhuizen ended the day by lighting of candles to symbolize support towards HIVAIDS and to remember all those who passed away.

The staff rocked the event dressed up in all red attire while the young people dressed up in all white.Rnb Gospel artist Franklin entertained the audience with his soothing sound melodious voice.

Matlhogonolo Letshelaphala

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