Rwanda National Police (RNP) via Specialized Medical Programs has extended its HIV voluntary counseling and testing services. The Medical team has been in Karongi District, starting with security personnel and partners in crime prevention.
The ongoing exercise is part of the RNP health development and human security programs supported by Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU).
According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Dr. Justin Mucyo, the ongoing exercise started on February 10. Beneficiaries include police officers, members of district administrative security organs – DASSO – reserve force, Community Policing Committees (CPCs), community health workers, and family members of these groups.
“The voluntary counseling and testing will last for a period of ten days. We started in Rubengera Sector and so far we have tested about 200 people including those in Bwishyura and Mubuga sectors. We will cover all parts of Karongi including indoor residual spraying as part of fighting malaria and other diseases,” said Dr. Mucyo
“We first sensitize the people on HIV prevention, the importance of knowing their status, and positive living, and it is here that those who volunteer to know their status are tested,” he added.
The HIV counseling and testing exercise also includes distribution of condoms. At least 10, 000 condoms will be freely distributed in Karongi alone.
In a similar exercise last year, RNP tested over 12, 000 people in the Southern Province, with at least 149, 000 condoms distribution. The same medical exercises were also conducted in Bugesera and Nyamasheke districts, late last year.
“This is part of the RNP support to government health programs to police a healthy people. HIV/AIDS and malaria are some of the diseases that can cause insecurity if no special attention is paid,” Dr. Mucyo, calling on the general public to know their status, abstain or practice protected sex to the least, and sleep in mosquito net.