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Date Posted: Thu, Sep 20 2007, 08:51:37am
Ladies & Gentlemen,
The discovery that our younger generation are being destroyed and infiltrated by this dreaded disease horrifies me beyond belief! Four high school students (all females) have been discovered to have contracted the HIV virus and there's no telling how many of their boyfriends and their boyfriends' other girfriends have spread on the disease! It scares me to think what could happen to our younger generation of Engans if they are not taught to abstain or avoid sex altogether, because there will be a breakdown of morality and respect in Engan society! This disease should never have been intentionally transmitted to those poor and unsuspecting young girls. The working class men who intentionally spread this disease to the poor and unsuspecting girl deserves to die a thousand deaths in hell for their lack of respect for others' rights to live!!
My heart is bleeding for the young people of today in Enga!
News, Thursday 20th September , 2007
Students test HIV positive in Wabag
FOUR female students have been tested HIV positive following an outbreak of typhoid epidemic in Wabag District.
The girls were among 210 students from Sir Tei Abal and Kopen Secondary Schools who went for typhoid treatment and blood tests at the Wabag General Hospital, recently.
The girls, all from one of the schools, were found to be HIV Positive when their blood samples were routinely screened for other infections diseases, hospital authorities confirmed yesterday.
They said many infected people, mostly men with money, were suspected of spreading the disease among young school girls and village girls and they need to take extra precautions.
A hospital executive said one bank worker who has since died from AIDS reportedly drove all over Enga province, picking up unsuspecting girls giving them K50 notes in exchange for sex.
ďHow many he may have infected, nobody knows. Ino mi wokim, uncle wokim,Ē the man is reported to have boasted to friends after he had sex with a girl.
ďUncle is another name for a K50 note. Itís a big problem when girls easily fall for a K50 note,Ē the executive said. This is not the first time students have tested HIV positive at the Wabag General Hospital. Others have been found positive before and with the virus making its way into confined institutions like schools, the spread to rural areas if worrying for health authorities. ďBefore it was an urban issue. Now with AIDS creeping its way into schools and villages, itís rural problem on a big scale,Ē the hospital executive said. ďHow many are dying out there is not recorded. Nobody knows.Ē He said the best thing health workers and other voluntary organizations could do was to keep warring people to be careful and avoid catching the HIV virus how they managed their lives has up to them, the executive said.
As with the current typhoid outbreak in Wabag, health workers are routinely educating the people of their personal hygiene, to wash their hands before they prepare food or eat properly cooked food and use clean water.
Of 168 students from Sir Tei Abal Secondary school who had fallen ill, 130 were positively diagnosed with typhoid while 35 students were confirmed positive out of 42 students from Kopen Secondary School that had visited the hospital. The affected students were both boarders and day students from both secondary schools.
Hospital authorities are visiting the schools, inspecting toilet facilities, dormitories, school kitchens and taking blood samples from kitchen staff in a bid to contain the epidemic.
The infected students represent 25 per cent of 663 typhoid cases that visited the Wabag General Hospital in the month of August alone. But since the typhoid outbreak was reported in May this year, more than 2,000 people been affected of whom half have been diagnosed with typhoid and the situation does not seem to be improving. Two hundred more typhoid cases have been treated at the Wabag General Hospital in the last two weeks and the number is expected to increase by months end.
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