Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache has deplored increasing cases of mother to child transmission of HIV/ aids in South Nyanza counties of Kisii, Migori, Homabay and Nyamira and implored stakeholders’ concerted effort to reverse it.
The PS said 2020 data showed 1,184 children were infected with the virus and urged mothers and their partners to be tested for HIV, positive ones to start and stay on Anti-retroviral ( ARVs) and expectant mothers to deliver at health facilities.
“I want to challenge us especially the women rights group represented by Maendeleo ya Wanawake. Chair Rahab Mwikali , HIV is a women rights agenda. Our First Lady has been at the forefront of championing the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” Mochache told a consultative meeting with women at a Kisii hotel on Tuesday.
The PS, accompanied by Governor James Ongwae, National Aids Control Council ( NACC) chairperson Angeline Siparo, CEO Dr Ruth Masha, NASCOP Head Dr Catherine Ngugi and Mwikali urged women leaders to spearhead the anti- HIV campaigns at the grassroots to end mother-to-child transmission of the virus.