Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops deployed in Somalia under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) joined the rest of the world in marking the International Worlds AIDS Day under the theme ‘‘End Inequalities, End AIDS and End Pandemics’’.
The troops across various Forward Operating Bases marked the day by conducting processions, motivational talks, skits and speeches aimed at sensitising the soldiers geared towards minimising stigmatisation about HIV & AIDS.
At the AMISOM Sector II Headquarters in Dhobley, the Sector Commander Brigadier Jeff Nyagah delivered Chief of Defence Forces message to the troops, which revolved around the achievements, made in fighting HIV & AIDS as well as raising awareness and remembering those living with HIV & AIDS.
Brigadier Nyagah further urged the soldiers to ensure they take care of themselves to avoid being infected by the disease in order to ensure the country has a healthy workforce.
“It is critical for all of us here to embrace preventive mechanisms rather than curative ones as we fight the HIV & AIDS pandemic. These mechanism are important in ensuring we have a ready capable force in serving the nations,” said Brigadier Nyagah.
In Afmadhow, the troops led by the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Joel Tanui visited Afmadhow District Hospital and sensitised the local community on HIV & AIDS. The troops also conducted a cleanup exercise at the hospital and donated foodstuffs to the patients to supplement their dietary needs.
KDF troops based at Burahache, Kolbiyow and Kismayo also marked the day.