KEEPING mothers and their babies healthy and alive was not negotiable, First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba has said.
Officiating at the stakeholders’ Conference on ” Save the born child: accelerating option B-Plus intervention in Zambia” at Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka on October 11,2013, Dr Kaseba said, “keeping the mothers and their babies healthy and alive is not negotiable! The future of this country stands threatened if we continue doing business as usual.”
She said, “the most effective way of dealing with a problem was to nip it in the bud. With specific reference to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, more efforts needs to be concentrated on ensuring that children are protected from HIV infections during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Option B-Plus offers us that opportunity to eliminate mother to child transmission in a much simpler and more effective manner.”
And First Republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda said, ” I am happy to state here that Zambia has made tremendous stride in ensuring that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is prevented, managed and mitigated; thanks to the never- emaciating political will that Zambian government have shown over the years.”