HIV Infections Peak During Festive Season

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Mahalapye Hospital public relations officer, Ms Pauline Bontle has expressed concern that HIV infections increase during the days leading to Christmas and New Year Holidays.

Speaking during a meeting held in Mahalapye recently to sensitize the public about health matters and to bring services closer to the people Ms Bontle said alcohol abuse contributed to the surge in infections.

“When people are intoxicated they end up resorting to risky behavior like unprotected sex thus making it easy for HIV infection to take place,” she said. Alcohol abuse, she said, also increased the likelihood of domestic violence.

For her part Airstrip Clinic officer in charge, Ms Ruth Olebetse said the clinic began operating 24 hours in July this year. She said the clinic was the only health facility in Mahalapye that administered Yellow Fever vaccinations every Friday.

“We have a cervical cancer unit which started operating in October this year, where women are tested for cervical cancer and the results are released instantly before a medical recommendation is made,” she told the residents. She said the clinic faced challenges such as lack of a resident doctor and ambulance.

“Due to shortage of personnel we only deal with emergencies at night as we would have only one nurse on duty, and we also only have a doctor once a week on Friday,” she said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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