A NEW drive to combat HIV/ AIDS in Lake Zone is taking shape, as a local nongovernmental organization availed four vehicles to that effect.

Ariel Glaser Paediatric AIDS Healthcare Initiative (AGPAHI) handed over vehicles worth 456m/- (without tax) to be used on HIV/AIDS related activities.

AGPAHI Executive Director (ED), Mr Laurean Bwanakunu, said the vehicles will be for Kahama and Msalala district councils in Shinyanga Region and Itirima and Busega district councils in Simiyu Region.

Handing over a vehicle to Kishapu District Council on Wednesday, Mr Bwanakunu urged the authorities to use it -- Toyota Land Cruiser Hardtop, solely for that cause.

MSALALA District Council is in crucial battle against HIV/AIDS, as out of 15,163 people who have contracted the disease, only 2,295 have enrolled for care and treatment.

That was revealed over the weekend by the District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr Hamid Nyembea, at a function to receive a motor vehicle that would help the council attend the sick.

Dr Nyembea said the prevalence in the council which is 4.3 per cent falls below the national prevalence ratio of 5.1, hence more efforts were needed to control the situation.

At the function, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is managed by Tanzanians, Ariel Glaser Pediatric AIDS Health Initiative (AGPAHI), handed over a new motor vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser worth 89m/.

Shirika  lisilo la kiserikali la AGPAHI limekabidhi msaada wa gari kwa Halmashauri ya Wilaya ya Msalala, Mkoani Shinyanga siku ya Jumamosi (07.03.2014) kwa ajili ya kusaidia shughuli mbalimbali za mapambano ya Virusi vya UKIMWI (VVU ) na UKIMWI katika halmashauri hiyo. 

Akikabidhi msaada huo mbele ya Mkurugenzi wa halmashauri ya Msalala na Mbunge wa jimbo la Msalala, Mkurugenzi  Mtendaji  wa shirika la AGPAHI, Bwana Laurean Bwanakunu amesema kuwa gari hilo lililotolewa kwa ufadhili wa watu wa marekani kupitia shirika la CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) la hapa nchini limegharimu shilingi  Milioni 89 za kitanzania bila kodi.

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