The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Satur­day, November 30, 1991 — The Bulawayo City Coun­cil di­rec­tor of Health Ser­vices, Dr Bar­nett Ny­athi, says it is time the com­mu­nity started to re­gard the AIDS epi­demic as everyone’s prob­lem.

In a wide rang­ing in­ter­view on AIDS aware­ness cam­paigns in the city, Dr Ny­athi said it was up to ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in the com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in con­trol­ling the spread of the dis­ease.

‘’Peo­ple should not run away from the prob­lem. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of those in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion, it is a prob­lem fac­ing the com­mu­nity at large,’’ said Dr Ny­athi.

He said that it was im­por­tant to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity be­cause more and more peo­ple were dy­ing of the dis­ease and fam­i­lies were com­ing face to face with it car­ing for dy­ing AIDS – in­fected rel­a­tives.

‘’At least 369 per­sons are known to have died of AIDS in the city from Jan­uary to Septem­ber this year. This num­ber refers only to those deaths which have been recorded, oth­er­wise the ac­tual num­bers are much larger,’’ he said.

The num­ber of deaths was in­creas­ing rapidly. In Jan­uary last year there were 12 AIDS deaths. In June this year the fig­ure was 51 and in Au­gust this year 58 deaths were re­ported.

He said of all the AIDS death, about one quar­ter were chil­dren be­low the age of two. Dr Ny­athi said the sit­u­a­tion was very se­ri­ous be­cause be­tween July last year and June this year 8,8 per­cent of the chil­dren be­low the age of one died of HIV-re­lated dis­eases.

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