Students of Dilkusha Methodists High School have been encouraged to learn more about HIV/AIDS and to communicate openly with their parents to effectively understand about it.
This was conveyed this week by the His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau during a visit to the school this week.
“HIV/AIDS education begins at home that is where it must begin and should begin from your parents,” President said.
30 new cases were recorded in June last year with 70 percent of new cases from the central and eastern division.
“Your parents have the responsibility to teach you the facts of life and how HIV/AIDS is very much of factor in our society.”
The head of state said for the past 30 years HIV/AIDS has become part of society and we should act to eradicate this disease.
“We can still fight this deadly disease if we combine efforts with families, communities and society.”
The President highlighted that stigmatisation and discrimination amongst people living with the disease remains a global concern and one that Fiji is strongly addressing.
“We need more advocacy programs with families and health centres should provide more awareness to communities to reach out to those in the outer islands,” the head of state said.
Meanwhile the Dilkusha Methodists High School principal Mereoni Motieliu urged the education ministry to strengthen the awareness programs on HIV/AIDS in the school curriculum.
“Talking about HIV/AIDS still is sensitive issue our at our homes because of traditional taboo however we need to change our perspective towards this issue because the younger generation are victims,” Mrs Motieliu said.
Mrs Motieliu reiterated the president’s statements and encouraged parents to talk with their children and become advocates at home and in their own society.