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NC SAPS launches HIV, TB initiative

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“The purpose of all the ambassadors is to inspire their colleagues within the SAPS to know their statuses by testing for HIV and tuberculosis.”

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THE SAPS in the Northern Cape and the Free State Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) unit jointly launched the HIV/Aids and TB Ambassadors Programme in Kimberley earlier this week.

The launch took place at the Kimberley SAPS gymnasium and was attended by Colonel (Rev) Colane, Northern Cape Provincial Head of EHW, Colonel Sam Nkosi, Acting Kimberley Station Commander, Monica Leisa, a representative for Liberty Life and members from the SAPS provincial office, Kimberley and surrounding police stations.

Liberty Life sponsored 18 blazers for the ambassadors.

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said yesterday that the message was relayed that having tuberculosis or HIV/Aids is not a death sentence.

Infected persons were advised to ensure they used their medication as prescribed by their doctors.

“One of the speakers at the launch mentioned that he has been living with HIV for 27 years and encouraged infected persons to live healthy and stay away from drinking alcohol, using drugs and smoking,” Kock said.

“The purpose of all the ambassadors is to inspire their colleagues within the SAPS to know their statuses by testing for HIV and tuberculosis.”

The Free State team is led by Lieutenant-Colonel Strydom while Captain Thusho Moseki is the team co-ordinator for the Northern Cape.

The Free State Roadshow started in June 2019 and the Northern Cape started this week in Kimberley and will move through the Province, with the aim of taking out this very important message to members of the SAPS.

– Staff Reporter