Public welcome World AIDS Day
Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.
Aiatia Notoa, Vailima, 20
“Personally, I think everyone should utilize the health services provided to make sure that they are safe from the disease. To youths, they have a lot to learn and be aware about. It is important to learn about the causes and effects of HIV/AIDs because doing anything that could initially jeopardise their health can lead to major health issues. I think that youths have so much to fulfill and they are not at a stage right now to be sexually active.
Muliau Isaako, Soi, 69
“I support the program hosted by the Samoa Faafaine Association because of how fast pace life is now. The younger generation is influenced by modern technology; they are the ones we are most concerned about when it comes to HIV/AIDS. This program today is great to teach and prevent anyone from HIV/AIDS.”
Susana Talaiti, Tuanai, 29
“There are a lot of people who do not know about HIV/AIDS. And because a lot of people do not know what makes them vulnerable to get the disease. Which is why I think today is a great day to get tested and learn more about health safety. The services are free.”
Mareta Arp, Alafua, 28
“I personally think everyone should work together for World AIDS Day are doing a great job at spreading awareness. I have noticed through media that there have been more numbers of people who have HIV AIDS, and it is a concern for me because it is contagious if people are not aware of the preventions. The programme is great for adults and the youth.”
Shary Tasipale, Lalovaea, 19
“I like the fact that Samoa is working to improve health in Samoa, especially for serous diseases like HIV AIDS. We need to decrease the number of those affected, and in order to do that the Ministry needs days like this to service and educate the public. I understand that the more people know and are aware of how to stay protected and get treated, the better chances of Samoa becoming a healthier nation.”
Jennifer Ah Ching, Fagalii, 28
“If there are no programs like this to inform the nation about health issues in Samoa, the number of people to get the disease will increase. I understand that this disease can be fatal which is why different federations, organisations and ministries are working together to inform and educate the public in regards to HIV/AIDS. Not only that but people who know they are affected are encouraged to take the treatments and just for the sake of protection get tested.”