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Ropate Valemei
Saturday, February 16, 2013

OPEN discussions on the issue of HIV/AIDS should start from home.

And parents should be at the forefront to raise awareness about this killer disease to their children.

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau made the comments while inducting the school leaders at Sila Central High School in Nausori yesterday.

Ratu Epeli said the hard yards put in by the government and those advocating for greater responsibilities by individuals when dealing with HIV/AIDS would continue to intensify.

He said more support was now needed by individuals.

Ratu Epeli, who is also the United Nations Ambassador for HIV/AIDS in the Pacific, told the students that reported cases had grown to 30 new cases in the first six months of last year.

He said the Ministry of Health was verifying numbers for the second half of the year but this did not mean that people could rest.

He urged the students to make sure they talked about the issue reasoning until a cure was found, HIV/AIDS was here to stay.

He added all people could do was make sure "that we are all safe and the future leaders need to make a stand against HIV/AIDS".

School principal Ane Rika said they all benefited from the awareness message by the president, especially teachers who were also parents.





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