Celebrations as 159 Children Are Declared Free Of HIV/Aids

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The County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, marked the graduation of 159 children who have exited Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).

The children were born to HIV Positive parents but underwent a successful PMTCT program and were now negative.

In his address delivered by County Secretary Paul Chemuttut, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos congratulated the parents of the children and health workers for the dedicated support towards the success.

The governor said HIV and Aids were still the cause of high mortalities in the country and the scourge continued to strain the budget in households.

Addressing the gathering, Ampath Plus deputy Chief of Party Dr. Jeremiah Laktabai said Elgeyo Marakwet was one of the counties which have done tremendous progress towards reducing Mother to Child HIV transmission.

We shall continue to partner with the County to ensure that targets are achieved,” said Laktabai

Lucy Kathi, a Board Member of the National Aids Control Council said it was necessary to educate people living with HIV on life skill lessons.

Meanwhile, in the same event, the County government also launched the County Aids Implementation Plan (CAIP) for the next five years.

Representatives of development partners Ampath Plus, National Aids Control Council (NACC) among others were in attendance.

Health acting County Executive Committee Member (CECM) Abraham Barsosio graced the event that was also attended by Chief officers Mary Kipchumba and Josphat Maiyo among other officials.

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