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Mayor makes HIV status public

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Kwekwe mayor Matenda Madzoke on Thursday took public HIV tests, during the official opening of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR)-funded cabin clinic in Amaveni, as part of efforts to end stigmatisation of the condition.

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Madzoke was the first to be tested and counselled at the $35 000 clinic which is part of the Ministry of Health’s HIV and Aids response strategy.

Soon after the tests, the Kwekwe mayor invited journalists to look at the results even before he had a chance to view them himself.

The results turned out to be negative.

“It is clear that one’s results do not mean an end to life. This is my contribution to dispelling the rumours and stigmas which affect our youth in Kwekwe and the country in general,” said Madzoke.

The US-funded PEPFAR donated three clinics in Kwekwe.

Two of them were placed at council-run clinics in Amaveni and Mbizo, while the other was built at the Kwekwe General Hospital.

Madzoke said the donation would go a long way in decongesting the small clinics which were failing to cope with demand.

Sister-in-Charge of the OI clinic, Vongai Antonio said the new facility offered privacy for patients and also ensured that the nursing staff could work freely without congestion.

“What is now needed is more staff to man these new facilities. We are very happy with this massive donation which now allows us to work freely and provide privacy which is needed in all medical related matters,” she said.

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