World Aids Day sees 100 red balloons set free

Staff from Springs Life Parkland Hospital support World Aids Day.

Since 1988, World Aids Day has been dedicated to raising awareness of the HIV/Aids pandemic.

This year was no different and on Friday, the staff of Life Springs Parkland Hospital were invited to an information session at the hospital with regards to the spread of HIV infections.

In 2017 the World Aids Day campaign promoted the theme “Right to health”.

According to hospital manager Tertia Nieuwoudt, the campaign highlighted the need for all 36.7 million people living with HIV/Aids and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage.

Under the slogan ‘Everybody counts’, the World Healthcare Organisation advocated access to safe, effective, quality and affordable treatment, which includes medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities.

“They also advocated health care services for all people in need, while also ensuring that they are protected against financial risks,” says Nieuwoudt.

As part of their event, a moment of silence was observed to pay tribute to people who have died of HIV/Aids and in support of those living with and affected by the disease.

An educational presentation was done by Dr Sipho Dlamini, a chemical pathologist from a local pathology laboratory.

“Dlamini has put the emphasis on making a difference by being informed and by knowing our status,” says Nieuwoudt.

After the presentation 100 red balloons were released in celebration of the day and in honour of those who are living with the disease.

Anna Robertson

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