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HIV prevalence cases down in Mombasa

[Mombasa County Director of Public health Dr. Shem Patta. Photo/ Hussein Mdune]

Mombasa County government has reduced HIV prevalence cases down to 7.5 from 11.5.

The County has also increased awareness to its residents by imparting the right information about HIV transmission and prevention especially to key populations.

Speaking during the launch of the Kenya Population Based HIV Impact Assessment- KENPHIA survey at Tononoka hall in Mombasa on Friday, Mombasa County Public health Director Doctor Shem Patta said that the survey was very critical in gathering facts and data about those living with HIV in the County.

He said that HIV remains a major public health concern globally and more efforts should be employed in containing the situation.

He said that a total of 54,310 people were living with HIV where 3,983 were children.

“Out of these figures, 44, 451 are on treatment while 9,859 are yet to be identified,” added Dr. Patta.

He said that the program will enable the County monitor and initiate important programs geared towards managing the situation, create awareness about HIV and use the data in implementation of various health programs in the County.

He appealed to residents to value the important program as it was purposely to improve on their health and especially to the ‘At risk’ population being commercial sex workers and people who use drugs.

“The program is conducted countrywide and Mombasa residents should work closely with the health department to make it a success,” added Dr. Patta.

Kenya Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) is a population based survey that seeks to understand the magnitude and dynamics of the HIV epidemic in Kenya.