AIDS Prevention Committees Give Public Orientation on AIDS

JIMMA, Nov. 10 (WIC) Various clubs and committees, formed at all levels to prevent the spread of AIDS epidemic in Jimma and East Shoa zones, have begun giving extensive public orientations on AIDS for the people.

Ato Tilahun Demisse, head of the Jimma zone's communicable disease control department, told WIC that the recently-established 20-member AIDS prevention committee has started full-scale activities of instructing the public about AIDS prevention methods.  The committee members, drawn from various public bodies like the zonal administration, educational and health establishments, the Kale Hiwot Church, Red Cross and others, are giving the orientations at public meeting places in urban and rural areas.

According to Ato Tilahun, the Jimma branch of the Red Cross Society and the NGO known as Medin Act have jointly allocated a sum of over two-million Birr towards the success of the educational campaign.

Ato Tilahun also extended a call on the society to prepare itself for effectively fighting AIDS through a complete behavioral change.

Similarly, youths drawn from various elementary and secondary schools of Shashemane woreda of East Shoa zone have formed various AIDS prevention committees and started giving public orientation on AIDS, it was learnt.