Magufuli cancels AIDS day fete to buy ARVs



As Tanzanians join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Aids Day, President John Magufuli has reiterated his government’s support for people who are living with HIV/Aids.

According to a statement released by acting head of the State House Directorate of Communication Gerson Msigwa, the government will continue to set aside funds for purchasing of life-prolonging drugs.

In the statement, Dr Magufuli said his government would also make sure that treatment and care for people living with HIV/Aids would be improved.

The President added that he decided to suspend ceremonies to commemorate the International HIV/Aids in order to save money which would be used to purchase drugs for people living with the deadly virus.

According to the statement, the government would continue to provide public education on how to avoid new infections as well as encouraging people to voluntarily conduct regular health checkups.

He also urged leaders at all levels to encourage pregnant women to go to health centres to check up their health so that those who would be found with HIV/Aids could receive special care.

Dr Magufuli also appealed for support from different stakeholders from inside and outside the country, who include development partners, in the war against HIV/Aids.

World AIDS Day, which is commemorated on December 1 since 1988 is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

The world also mourns those who have died of the disease.

Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

The Citizen Tanzania

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