Markham Hotspot for HIV

Markham district sits on an ideal spotomaking it one ofthe places in Morobe province for people to easily spread HIV.

It’s a district that one passes through first before going into Lae, or when travelling up tothe seven highlands provinces and Madang.


The statistics are worrying. The District HIV/AIDS program coordinator, Shem Wanesai, saysthe figures show rise in people contracting HIV. He saysthe number of people who have contractedthe virus has nearly doubled over 12 months.


The increase is largely driven by high number of clubs and ther business operating mostly during night times that has encouraged prostitution and ther unsafe sexual behaviors.


Mr. Wanesai says that despite awareness being carrlied out inthe districtopeople inthe district are ignorant.    



Umi will be developed into a small township…andthe Markham valley oil palm project has already begun.


The number of people going intothe district is also expected to rise.


The district’s HIV/AIDS program coordinator says more awareness needs to be carrlied out in this part of Morobe to educate those people who takes HIV/AIDS for granted.

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