US Ambassador Kyle McCarter stuck in elevator moments before giving a speech
By Vincent Kejitan
| February 21st 2020
US Ambassador to
Kenya Kyle McCarter on Thursday revealed that he was stuck in an elevator for
almost half an hour moments before giving his speech during the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment
(KENPHIA) preliminary results launch
at Afya House.
Noting that he has
never experienced such before, McCarter joked that it is important to take the
stairs especially at a health event.
“Believe it or not I got stuck in an elevator just before giving a speech announcing good news of HIV success in Kenya.
to me before but now I have a story to tell. Lesson is always take the stairs
at a health event. Just makes sense!” he stated.
the event, McCarter lauded the steps Kenya has made in terms of controlling the
spread of HIV.
Kenya’s HIV prevalence now stands at 4.9 per cent which
signifies notable progress made in the last six years, according to the latest
KENPHIA was launched in 2018 by Health CS Sicily Kariuki for
the Ministry to find the state of HIV epidemic and the impact of efforts
towards its control. It provides first-hand insights on the progress made so
far as well as identify and quantify the existing gaps.
The study conducted between June 2018 and February 2019
shows that North Eastern region has the least number of HIV prevalence cases.
While Garissa records no HIV prevalence case, Wajir and
Mandera both recorded 0.2 per cent while Marsabit and Isiolo recorded 1.2 and
2.2 per cent respectively.
The study found out that HIV prevalence varied across the
country with the Nyanza region recording the highest figures.
Homa Bay is the leading county in Kenya with 19.6 per cent
HIV prevalence cases followed closely by Kisumu at 17.5 per cent and Siaya at
15.3 per cent. Migori has 13 per cent.
Nairobi is at 3.8 per cent, Mombasa 5.6 per cent, Uasin Gishu 5.5 per cent, Turkana 6.8 per cent and Busia 9.9 per cent.
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