In a bid to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, staff
members of Rwanda Energy, water and Sanitation Authority EWSA
(ex.RECO&RWASCO) yesterday engaged in voluntary counselling and
testing for HIV/AIDS at their head office.
The voluntary counselling and testing session was
organised by the corporations' medical service in conjunction with GTZ
and National AIDS Commission (CNLS).
Speaking at the event, Antoine Semukanya, the deputy
Executive Secretary of the National Aids Commission (CNLS), hailed the
staff members for turning up in big numbers.
"It is very vital for a person to know his or her HIV/AIDS status when
it's still early" he advised.
He said that there is a high rate of HIV prevalence amongst cohabiting
couples and the youths between the ages of 15 and 39.
"To date voluntary counselling and testing has helped
people know their HIV status and this has helped in preventing the
further spread of AIDS scourge" he noted.
According to Yves Muyange, the Managing Director
of EWSA(ex.RWASCO&RECO), the main aim of the voluntary counselling and
testing of HIV/AIDS was to encourage members of staff to know their
status and those found positive will receive treatment and counselling.
Over 1,800 staff members of EWSA(ex.RWASCO&RECO) country wide
are expected to participate in voluntary HIV/AIDS testing and
counselling which will run for two weeks.