A senior government official in Senanga has expressed concern over the high number of people abandoning medication of various ailments for prayers.
Senanga District Commissioner, Mihupulo Yumei, made the observation today when he officiated at the World Leprosy Day at Litambya Rural Health Centre.
Mr Yumei said there are a lot of cases of people in Senanga that have substituted medication for prayers.
He said the trend is more common with people taking Anti-Retroviral (ARV) drugs.
Mr Yumei said this development is retrogressive to the fight against communicable diseases in the country.
He said as much as prayers can lead to healing, the clergy should advise people seeking prayers to first seek medical attention.
The District Commissioner urged people diagnosed with diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and leprosy to adhere to medication as a guarantee of good health.
And Mr Yumei has appealed to people in Senanga district to desist from stigmatising and discriminating against people suffering from leprosy.
He also urged people exhibiting leprosy symptoms to seek early treatment as the disease is curable.