19 June 2018
KADOMA has recorded over 2000 sexually transmitted infections cases in the first quarter of the year with Rimuka suburb topping the statistics.
This has mainly been attributed to high unemployment and lack of educational awareness programs as well as artisanal gold mining activities which entice people into prostitution.
Sanyati District AIDS coordinator Muchaneta Zhangazha, stated that, the district has attended over 2000 cases of STIs in the last three months.
“The district has treated 2000 clients in the last quarter of last year, Rimuka being among the highest townships with people who were treated STIs,
“Traditionally, Patchway and Chakari have in the past recorded the highest STI incidents on a yearly basis due to the area being a peri-urban where small mining activities are taking place and a number of commercial sex workers prowling the area,” Zhangazha said.
However, coordinator of Kadoma youth lifestyle Amos Baiton expressed that, his organization in partnership with KY4D will this year set up funding for training programs in Kadoma targeting youths aged 15 to 25.
“As an organisation we want to increases access to condoms in the communities especially in the hard to reach communities. Youths are at a higher risk of contracting HIV than adults especially at their first encounter because of indiscipline and ignorance.”
Baiton said his organization has already made plans to set up more youth friendly centres in Rimuka run by Kadoma Youth for development in partnership with the local authority.
“We have plans to create plans to set friendly centres that will spread the word in Rimuka in conjunction with the local authority,” he added.
He said preparations were underway to bring all stakeholders in the community who are living with HIV/AIDS to discuss they will educate people.
“KY4 is organizing a stakeholders meeting this year were they invited community health workers, NGOs, people living with HIV, local pastors and youths living with the virus,
“We are aimed at reaching out to youths especially girls because they are the most vulnerable,” he said.