Liberia HIV/Aids stats are staggering with a huge prevalence amongst young people, so are the huge deposits of wastes on the streets of Monrovia. And so, Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee has called for a synchronized campaign that involves all stakeholders to end both the spread of HIV and Wastes across Liberia.
In his remarks at programs marking the official celebration of World Aids Day in Monrovia, Koijee intimated that both HIV/Aids and Waste are two enemies to the growth and development of Liberia and must be tackled collectively.
He mentioned “as we sensitize our people about HIV, let us also tell them about waste that it has become a community and a collective enemy of everyone and so it demands our collective support. We want to commend the Ministry Health for partnering with the National Aids Commission to ensure this is a success”.
“The figure being stated is shocking and alarming. 40 thousand or more persons infected and it is our understanding that a significant portion of the figure is comprised of young people. I think it is alarming. It is good that you have selected the First Lady of the Republic as the face of this campaign to rescue our citizens. Let us not underestimate these kinds of challenges. This is where we must invest and dedicate our energy in combating what is hunting our citizenry”, he stated.
He said “on this note, I want to pledge to you our fullest support from the Monrovia City Cooperation (MCC). This is because you have a very young mayor whose generation is also under attack by HIV/ Aids. We must begin to educate our people and want to encourage all young people to go and get tested. We must encourage people and not despise them. We must get involved in preventing the spread of the virus”.