29 Sep 2010

Solomons health ministry welcomes new sex health centre

4:00 pm on 29 September 2010

The Ministry of Health in Solomon Islands says a new sexual and reproductive health resource centre will reach most at risk villages which have not yet been addressed.

The centre was opened by the charity Save the Children in Honiara on Tuesday and will provide child-friendly information on safe sex for students and young people who do not attend school.

The Ministry's STI and HIV Programme Coordinator, Isaac Molelua, says health centres around the country have not had time to focus on awareness campaigns.

He says the centre will fill in the Ministry's gaps.

"Currently we have children which are youths coming to the clinic with STIs and regarding sex, it indicates that a lot of people are having sexual affairs with a partner but they don't use any preventative measures like condoms. That's one area that by educating, they know there are risks of having HIV and STIs."

Isaac Molelua says he hopes the information provided by the new resource centre will change people's behaviour and attitude towards sex and contraception.