State’s AIDS media drive grinds to a halt
Our dear sweet government, who continuously show their commitment to the AIDS epidemic that is affecting millions of South Africans, have not been able to get their butts into gear and ensure that Khomanani, the health department’s flagship HIV prevention campaign, keeps going.
For several months or more there will be no government HIV/AIDS Awareness across our country. And there is no reason good enough to explain why not. And considering the level of knowledge about the disease, as well as the demand by South Africans for information, help, facts and guidance, this is a sickening realisation.
Health department director-general Thami Mseleku said government wanted to see the results of an independent evaluation of Khomanani before issuing a new tender. ... “It has had achievements but if you work in government you have to look at overall value for money,” he said. ....Mseleku declined to explain why an assessment had not been completed earlier ....
Khomanani’s nine provincial offices will close on Friday; more than 1300 community volunteers will cease door-to-door campaigning at the end of next month; and provinces’ main source of literature on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases, the Red Ribbon Resource Centre, will shut down."
Thank you, dear Department of Health, as always you make us proud and aware that you are ever concerned for your citizens' well being.
[Tomorrow I promise to post a more light-hearted blog. One can only be angry for so long until you become exhausted and have a headache.]