—–Mongu District Aids Task Force (DATF) says Western province is at risk of increased high levels of HIV/AIDS due to high poverty levels, lack of social amenities for youths and high prostitution levels in the area.
District HIV/AIDS Coordination Adviser, Collins Lembalemba said in order to fight the pandemic DATF is working hand in hand with various stake holders on HIV/AIDS sensitisation to achieve last year World AIDS Day theme which stated “Zero new infection, zero related deaths, zero stigma and zero discrimination’’.
Mr Lembalemba said in order to reach out to a lot of people within the district DATF is targeting gate keepers like the Barotse Royal Establishment, schools, working places, churches and the whole community.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS yesterday, Mr Lembalemba called on members of the community to stick to one partner and abstain so as to achieve zero death and zero infections.
Meanwhile, Network of Zambian People (NZP) living with HIV/AIDS District Coordinator, Preston Chinyama said so far adolescent health advocates have been introduced in 20 schools in the district in order to fight the pandemic.
He said the other approach to fighting HIV/AIDS is through behaviour change communication among the people in the province, adding that the knowledge level on the pandemic is currently at 92%.
Mr Chinyama added that NZP has partnered with Road Development Agency (RDA) contractors on the Mongu Kalabo Road in providing the contractors with HIV/AIDS kit to reduce the impact and mitigate the spreading of the disease.
Mr Chinyama commended DATF for helping NZP in mobilising resources in communities as a way of reaching out to the people through sensitization.
From 2009 the province has a stable trend of sexually transmitted diseases of 60,000 people.