Nakuru County joined the global in celebrating World AIDS Day under the theme ‘Let communities lead.’ The commemoration at Keringet Estate Primary School in Kuresoi South Sub-County was graced by Deputy Governor H.E David Kones, representing Governor Susan Kihika.
Deputy Governor, Mr. Kones, shed light on the County’s strategic review of the HIV challenge. He underscored the role of community-led initiatives and emphasized the urgent need to establish a regulatory environment conducive to the active involvement of communities in countering HIV. This marked a significant commitment to fostering grassroots participation in the ongoing battle against the virus.
Acknowledging the escalating HIV rates among adolescents and young people, Deputy Governor Kones unveiled proactive measures. Nakuru County is taking a bold step by integrating HIV education into rites of passage programs. This innovative approach aims to empower young individuals with the knowledge and tools essential for safeguarding their health. The move reflects the County’s dedication to proactive and community-centric solutions in the face of public health challenges.
The gravity of the HIV situation in Nakuru County was further highlighted by data from the National Syndemic Diseases Control Council (NSDCC). The 2022 estimates revealed that four sub-counties contributed to 52 percent of the region’s HIV infections, with Naivasha and Nakuru Town West leading the troubling statistics. This alarming insight underscores the need for targeted interventions and focused efforts in these high-burden areas.
The event witnessed the presence of key figures, including County Executive Members Jackline Osoro (Public Service Management), Zipporah Wambui (Education), and Leonard Bor (Agriculture). Dr. Samuel Murima, Chief Officer of Medical Services, and National Government Administrative Officers led by County Commissioner Loyford Kibaara were also in attendance, alongside County Health Officials and strategic partners.
As Nakuru County takes bold strides in the fight against HIV, the World AIDS Day commemoration became a symbol of collective commitment. The county’s multifaceted approach, from strategic reviews to integrating education into local rites, exemplifies a comprehensive strategy to address the challenges posed by HIV. The resounding message of ‘Let communities lead’ echoes a shared determination to overcome the impact of HIV, making Nakuru County a beacon of proactive public health initiatives.