THE Northern Division has recorded 42 cases of HIV/AIDS.
Citing figures released from the Ministry of Health for the month of June, Fiji Red Cross Labasa branch peer educator Inoke Drauna said of the 42 cases, 23 were females and 19 males.
In an address at a community awareness campaign in Nakelikoso Village outside Labasa, Mr Drauna told participants the 42 cases with HIV/AIDS were being treated at the Labasa Hospital.
"This does not take into account unknown cases," he said.
"It only confirms that we have HIV/AIDS cases in the North and we have a part to play in ensuring we control the virus and play our part in curbing the disease. There is a need to let people know about the effects of this disease and how they can play an active role in preventing its spread."
Mr Drauna said the purpose of the visit was to engage village dwellers to do something that would be of benefit to themselves, and how this could contribute to their welfare in terms of minimising risk and maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
"For the duration of our visit, we managed to run a peer education program on HIV & AIDS and how youths could be empowered to build up their capacity.
"A community baseline survey we carried out will greatly contribute towards our knowledge on how we can be positive contributors to this village."
Nakelikoso Village headman Jonasa Vunivola said they were thankful to Fiji Red Cross staff for their message.
"It has indeed given a sound warning on how we can counter the spread of HIV/AIDS," he said.