MSU starts ARVs distribution

Students at higher and tertiary institutions are seen as constituting the high-risk group of people prone to HIV.

by Sunday News reporter |Image Credit-irinnews.org
Robin Muchetu

MIDLANDS State University (MSU) has started dispensing life saving Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) to needy students after realising that there was a big population of students living with HIV who needed to access the drugs.
The Gweru headquartered institution became the first among the country’s universities to implement the programme although it will be spread to other learning institutions. Students at higher and tertiary institutions are seen as constituting the high-risk group of people prone to HIV. However, issues to do with stigma and discrimination make it difficult for students to access ARVs at their respective institutions.
Speaking to journalists at a media training workshop on HIV and Aids in Macheke, National Aids Council monitoring and evaluating director Mr Amon Mpofu, said research had already shown that there was a significant number of students who were already in need of the drugs at the highly populated institution.
“We are giving ARVs at MSU and this is the first institution in the country that is doing this. We started this programme because we realised there was a high student population that was in need of the drugs so we set up a site on campus,” said Mr Mpofu.
NAC operations director Mr Raymond Yekeye added that they have discovered that MSU was among the institutions with high numbers of people living with HIV.
“Midlands has accelerated its ARV sites and we approved that they set up a site at MSU. We are only doing this at MSU so far because it is the only tertiary institution that has high volumes of people who need the drugs compared to say smaller institutions like Masvingo Polytechnic but with time we will open sites at other institutions,” he said.
MSU has the largest student enrolment in the country. MSU has about 23 000 students and would be adding another 5 000 as they have opened a new Mining and Engineering campus in Zvishavane.
A research recently conducted by NAC revealed that higher and tertiary education institutions had the highest number of new HIV infections in the country. NAC has introduced the training of HIV and Aids focal persons in tertiary institutions to provide technical guidance to students, particularly those in their first year to ensure that tertiary institutions provide a comprehensive programme to raise awareness among students on sexual reproduction.
Mr Yekeye said there was also a need for teachers at primary and secondary schools to be trained on HIV and Aids issues as they deal with pupils who are living with the virus.
He said the monitoring and evaluation department will soon train teachers on the virus and how to deal with pupils who are HIV positive.

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Easter Thoughts

by Jason Shiri| NUST,ZW

“We played wedding songs and you didn’t dance so we played funeral songs but you didn’t weep”(Mathew 11:17)

Jesus said that in response to a crooked generation which didn’t understand His purpose on earth. They didn’t understand Him simply because He didn’t fit into any of their mantras or formulae of understanding. He was an anomaly but an active one. See unlike the anomalies or outliers in a set of data, you couldn’t count Him out even if you wanted to. He just made way too much noise way too often for anyone to ignore Him or downplay His agenda. So if Jesus came back right now and took a look into your life would He find an anomaly in you? More importantly can you find the anomalies in other people?

 

The beginning of learning is connection. See the relationship between X and Y and call it Z. Take Z out of the context of X and Y and apply it in a new situation. If Z yields result Y conclude that Z operates independently of X and will produce result Y in any situation. Sounds complex I know but thats really all they are teaching us in schools and universities. They are teaching you how to think and how what you think relates to what is already known. But no one teaches you what’s on the other side of the horizon simply because no one knows. Enter Jesus. See He came with a new thing that was supposedly heralded by old teachings: The plan of salvation. But because the old teachings weren’t limited in a lateral plain, laterally thinking individuals completely missed it. The law givers and teachers completely missed the point. Why? Because he wouldn’t weep when they played funeral songs.

That’s what we do. Once we’ve gathered a handful of knowledge we try to use it for our benefit by manipulating every situation out of it’s liberty to exist outside out influence. Take relationships for example. Every relationship fundi will tell you that expectation hurts because peoples behavior is far from predictable so when you expect what you will and it doesn’t come through you automatically question the accuracy of your understanding. Does she still love you even if she doesn’t do what you think that someone who loves you should do? Its a difficult question.

If there’s one thing that Jesus taught His generation it was that we should never limit God to our own understanding. Lets move that a little closer. We should never limit other people to our own understanding. People are really dynamic. They have mood swings, culture shocks, motivation, relapse, aspiration, anger, boredom, guilt, fear, love, fear again.. Where does predictability ever factor in there? Yes chances are after you have known a person for a while you can make an “educated guess” about their conduct but its not always predictable and hence trying to manipulate anyone is not only unethical, it’s just not practical or sustainable.

So relax. Take a step back. Ask yourself what you are expecting and what you’re getting and ask yourself if there is really a difference in terms of the bottom line when it comes to other people. “..love doesn’t demand its own way..” Because it understands that its way is not the only way. Don’t take that for granted, if scholars missed it chances are you and your smart self missed it to at some point in your life. Such is the life we live. Its riddled with booby traps and trick questions, painted faces and rigged elections. But it’s all good. Its only what you do, think and become that should concern you. It concerns me enough to write about.

If life was a rose the then thorns are a consequence

Of thinking vertically let me elevate your consciousness

I’m thinking maybe all I really need is a bucket load of confidence

Cause honesty and bravery make harmony in awareness.

 

 

NUST student blows fees, hangs self!!!

By Chronicle reporter
A NATIONAL University of Science and Technology (Nust) student hanged himself in his father’s house after blowing his college fees with a woman he met in a nightclub.
George Bonomali, 26, of Mkoba 15 in Gweru, hanged himself in his bedroom with a satellite dish cable on Monday at around 11AM.
Bonomali was, according to the police summary of death, a student at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo.
Sources said he was doing his final year studies in marketing.
The police report shows his girlfriend found him hanged, on the verge of death.
“Bonomali hanged himself in his bedroom with a satellite dish cable which was suspended from the roof truss. He was found by his girlfriend but it was too late to save his life,” reads part of the sudden death police report.
Neighbours yesterday told The Chronicle that Bonomali received an undisclosed amount of money from his aunt, who is based in the United Kingdom, for university fees.
The neighbours said instead of paying the fees, Bonomali squandered the money with a woman that he met in a Gweru nightclub.
“What we understand is that he had squandered his college tuition fees with a lady of the night and that didn’t go well with his father, a teacher at a local school,” said a neighbour, who did not wish to be named.
The neighbour said on March 14, at around 10AM, Bonomali was at his parents’ house waiting for his girlfriend only identified as Tanya
“He asked me if I had seen Tanya but I said ‘no’. He told me that he was tired with life and wanted to sleep. So I asked him if there was anything I could do to help but he said ‘no’. An hour later, I was surprised to hear that he had hanged himself in his bedroom. When I rushed there, I found his motionless body on the floor after Tanya had cut the cable from the truss and also removed the noose from his neck in an attempt to save his life,” the neighbor added.
He said George’s father, who teaches at Mpumelelo Primary School in Mkoba 15, got wind of the incident and rushed him to Mkoba Poly Clinic where the nurses pronounced him dead.
Joseph Salim Bonomali, the father, declined to speak to The Chronicle.
Nust’s director of information and public relations, Felix Moyo, said he could not comment as he was on leave.
Acting Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende said investigations into the death were underway.
“I urge members of the public to attach value to life and taking one’s life is never an answer. There’s always a choice,” she said.