Bunge panel urges parents to protect children against HIV

21Sep 2021
The Guardian
Bunge panel urges parents to protect children against HIV

​​​​​​​PARLIAMENTARY HIV/Aids, TB Narcotics, and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Committee has called on parents and guardians in the country to rear their children responsibly for them to avoid being infected with HIV/Aids.

Fatma Hassan Tawfiq.

It has also called on them to shun drug abuse as the habit destroys the country’s labour force as well as incurring it great expenses for their treatment.

The call was made at the weekend by the Committee’s Chairperson, Fatma Hassan Tawfiq during a joint dinner that brought together panel members, parents and staff of Paradise Mission Pre- and Primary School in Mbalizi Town.

She said as for now girls in 15 to 24-year age bracket were in great danger of being infected with HIV, hence there was every reason for the group to be educated on the disease’s prevention.

“Mbeya Region is among regions with very high HIV/Aids prevalence, hence we have seen that we should join you parents in this event to discuss the nagging issue,” she said.

She called upon Tanzanians to go to health centres for medical examinations and that those found with HIV infections should register with ARVs treatment programmes.

However, she praised Mission Pre and Primary School officials for enabling them meet with the parents, saying the practice helps in better upbringing of children.

For his part, the school’s director, Ndele Mwaselela thanked the committee for providing education to the parents, claiming that as for now, children’s upbringing was important due to technological changes.

He said to ensure children at the school receive better upbringing, they have hired special staff to escort the children to their homes safely during holidays.

He said collaboration with parents and guardians in children’s upbringing was important, hence they decided to have the joint dinner event.

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