Traditional leaders support AIDS fight

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Traditional leader supports AIDS fight

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Isoka, December 5,2013, ZANIS…Chief Katyetye of the Tambo speaking
people in Isoka sistrict has implored his subjects to embrace the
calls to use contraceptives for birth control.

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Speaking during the  commemorations of this year’s world AIDS day
held at Kampumbu, the traditional leader said  family
planning is vital  as it is a yardstick to measure how one can manage
to keep their children healthy.

He added that with the advent of HIV /AIDS, contraceptives such condoms
play a key role in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

And a health expert at Isoka district hospital Kelvin Mwanja  said
World AIDS day  was  important to commemorate as  it helps  in
highlighting strides made in expanding HIV/AIDS services  to
reduce new infections.

Mr. Mwanja   said it was time for  all stake holders to  combine
efforts  in information dissemination so that  Zambia can  rapidly
get to zero new infections, zero death, Zero stigma  and
discrimination.

Meanwhile, a civic leader  Davys Simbule  who is also  Isoka council
Chairman has  urged  young people  to ensure that they empower
themselves  with  knowledge  to prevent the  transmission of the virus.

Councillor Simbule  said  one third  of the total HIV incidences occur
in the young people  aged  12 to 24 years.

He explained that youths are at a higher risk of infection because of factors
such as having multiple concurrent partners, low and inconsistent condom
use and low levels of male circumcision among others.

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