The Department of Health in Homa Bay County has put in place measures to ensure that babies born of expectant mothers infected by HIV/Aids were free from the virus, in a program dubbed AIDS Free Generation.
The County Executive Committee Member in Charge of Health, Prof. Richard Muga said that there has been a remarkable improvement in the war against HIV/Aids in the County due to good working relations with other health partners to ensure expectant mothers living with HIV virus were diagnosed to enable them deliver babies free from the virus.
Muga added that HIV/Aids has been one of the challenges in the sector of health and through collaboration of the department and other partners they are out to ensure that the spread of the virus from mothers to their newly born babies is reduced.
Speaking on Saturday during Blood Donation Day at Jamawego grounds in Homa Bay Town, Muga said that currently, babies born by mothers infected with the virus in the county stands at 68% adding that the department aimed at attaining 100% of the children free of HIV/Aids.
He revealed that the blood bank being constructed at Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital would be soon completed to ensure that the County has enough blood to be used in health facilities within the county.
Muga further encouraged the residents to volunteer and donate blood during such events to help in assisting the patients in need during emergencies.
Source: Kenya News Agency