More People Test HIV Positive

Mettu, Nov. 14 (WIC) About half of the 77 people that came for blood examination to Mettu Karl Hospital in the past four months have tested HIV positive, the hospital's medical director said. The medical director, Dr. Tizazu Tefera, told WIC that most of the virus carriers are youths, merchants and government employees of between the ages of 14 and 49.

Indicating that the disease is fast spreading especially in the countryside, Dr. Tizazu said the various bodies of the administration failed to do their share of duty in teaching the public about AIDS and how to prevent it. Dr. Tizazu however disclosed that health professionals of the hospital and volunteer teachers have launched various public orientation programmes at hospitals, health studies and at public places to teach the people about AIDS and its prevention.