Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope addresses congregants during her visit to the Musina Full Gospel Church.

The Mayor of Musina, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope said government needs the support of the church to fight the scourge of HIV / AIDS. Muhlope was addressing congregants at Musina Full Gospel Church.

She thanked the leadership of the church for giving her the opportunity to talk about health matters during the distinctive church service. “You will understand that World Aids Day is commemorated on 01 December each year. We urge community members to commemorate this day every day of their lives. This will increase awareness and thereby lowering the number of the people who are losing their lives through preventable diseases. As government, we encourage strong community participation and involvement so that we can build a healthy nation.”

Muhlope added that the government is doing everything possible to bring accessible healthcare to the public.  “Let us always make sure that we visit our nearest health facilities for regular health screening and testing. To our young people, we encourage them to delay sexual activities until marriage. In any new relationship, be sure of your HIV status and be faithful to your partner. If you are not sure of your partner’s HIV status, it is advisable to use condoms each time you have sex.”

She advised those who find themselves being victims of rape to make sure that they visit their nearest health facilities within 72 hours. “If you find yourself being HIV positive, don’t be ashamed to take your medication so that you can prolong your life. If on treatment, take the medication regularly as prescribed by nurse or doctor. Another thing to remember is that don’t share your prescribed medication with anyone. Encourage them to visit their nearest healthcare facility for their own medication.”

She took the opportunity to condemn men who take advantage of defenseless women and children. “No woman or girl child deserves to be sexually abused. Any sexual abuse activity should be reported to the police so that the culprits should be brought to book. Men who abuse women and children deserve to be locked in jail for the rest of their lives.”

She concluded by encouraging every community member to openly discuss the issue of HIV everywhere.