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Kenyans cautioned against HIV divine healing

04 September 2013, 14:04 Wilshere

Nakuru - Kenyans have been cautioned against being carried away by beliefs in divine healing of HIV/AIDs.

Speaking in Nakuru during a County dialogue breakfast meeting organised by the National Empowerment Network for People Living with HIV/AIDs in Kenya (NEPHAK) on Wednesday morning, Nakuru County Development coordinator Lydisia Wanyonyi said that to date no cure has been found for HIV/AIDs.

“Kenyans should not be fooled to believe that there is cure for this pandemic because there is none at the moment,” he observed.

She said that most people have in the recent past been conned by unscrupulous ‘pastors’ who claim to have divine power to heal HIV.
Wanyonyi urged those infected to seek the advice of trained personnel who hold crucial information on the pandemic.

“Those infected should not allow themselves to be conned by pastors who claim to have divine power to heal them,” she cautioned.

She noted that several advocacy programmes have been initiated through the government and other stakeholders in order to create awareness on HIV/AIDs in the communities.

The co-coordinator however singled out shortage of test clubs, cd4 count and viral load machines which she said are important for effective management of HIV.

She added that with the devolved governments in place, there should be concerted efforts to make the machines available at ward level in order to reach out to those infected at the grassroots level.

Wanyonyi noted that when the kazi kwa vijana programme was rolled out in Nakuru, KES 6.6 million was disbursed with a portion of it set aside to fund projects that would enable youths who care for the HIV orphans to start income-generating projects.

She said that HIV prevalence in Nakuru was considerably high due to high poverty levels and lack of basic information on the pandemic.

The coordinator said that the County government of Nakuru has policies within its blueprint to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDs.

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