Cameroon’s Public Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda, says girls suffer from the AIDS Virus in the country nine times more than their male counterparts.
The Public Health boss echoed the situation in Yaounde, Wednesday, August 1, 2018, as he officially launched the 16th edition of the ‘AIDS Free Holiday’ caravan aimed at raising youth awareness on the HIV Virus.
Mama Fouda’s observation come as this year’s edition rumbles off with gains already made in the fight against AIDS. The situation in Cameroon has dropped from 4.3 percent to 3.4 percent.
The campaign is an initiative of the African Synergy for the Fight against AIDS and Suffering of Cameroon’s First Lady, Chantal Biya.
Throughout this holiday period, over 600 volunteers are expected to educate their peers across the country on the AIDS Virus. Some 25 educators are shaping the youths for the exercise. The campaign which targets youths from the ages of 14 and beyond is rolling under the theme “Android youths let’s click on the AIDS.”
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou, asserted that the exercise will help the nation to preserve its youthful population. Mounouna said, a population cannot be productive, if it is not healthy.
Statistics hold that, in 2017, at least 40,000 cases of youths between the ages of 14 to 24 tested positive to the HIV Virus. Findings reveal that in Cameroon, the incidents of infection are rife among youths than adults.
A medic, Dr Falade Abede, told reporters that regular HIV screening tests, early detection and treatment are some measures that can roll back the situation.
The peer educators are expected to use modern and conventional communication methods to reach out to the target population.