H.E Governor Fernandes Barasa has instructed County Government Administrators to sensitize the communities on the dangers of HIV infections, unwanted pregnancies and sexual gender based violence.
The Governor was speaking at a sensitization meeting on tripple threat and dissemination exercise of sexual and gender based as well as HIV/AIDS policies at Golf Hotel, Kakamega.
With statistics indicating that 520 new HIV infections among youth aged 10-24 were recorded in Kakamega County in 2021, the Governor said his administration has put in place programmes to protect residents against activities that can expose them to dangers of the tripple threat. In the same period, he stated, 12,862 cases of adolescent pregnancies were recorded while 1,023 cases of sexual and gender based violence were reported among adolescents aged 10-17 years.
FCPA Barasa reiterated that if his six manifesto pillars are achieved, Kakamega County will end up with families that can adequately take care of themselves and encouraged women and youth to apply for the County Government low interest loans advanced by the County Microfinance Corporation to empower them economically hence reducing their vulnerability.
The Governor also reminded the administrators to involve the National Government’s security teams to ensure the perpetrators of gender-based violence and molesters are apprehended.
The event was also attended by the First Lady H.E Prof. Janet Kassily Barasa, County Commissioner Mr John Ondego, Kakamega Women Representative Hon. Elsie Muhanda and other senior Government Officers.