Both the district administration and the local Aids Task Force in Kalomo have called for an immediate stop on tendencies by some religious and traditional sects that discourage people living with HIV (PLWHIV) from taking their life saving drugs.
The call was made over the weekend at Bbilili Health Centre during this year’s commemoration of the World Aids Day in Kalomo over the weekend.
“This vice should come to a stop forthwith. While government is doing everything possible to elongate the lives of our beloved PLWHIV, our men and women in the collar and herbalists are trying to reverse the move. We should work hard with our stakeholders to make this trend be jailable,” said Kalomo District Commissioner Patrick Phiri.
This follows revelations during the candle light ceremony where the Network of People living with HIV (NZP+) Kalomo Chapter reported that following the escalating discouragement by false prophets and healers for PLWHIV to stop taking ARV drugs, their supports groups recorded 82 deaths associated with defaulters on the drug.
Meanwhile, Kalomo District Director of Health, Kenneth Chibwe, said the issue of provision of condoms in primary and secondary schools was a multi-sectoral one which needs to be discussed with all stakeholders like District Aids Task Forces, education and his department to see to it if it was morally all right to take such a stance.
Dr Chibwe was responding to some calls from certain quarters who insisted that even pupils at secondary school level were sexually active, arguing that learning institutions should also be provided with the sexual protective fittings.
This year’s World Aids day commemorations were under the theme ‘Zero new infections, Zero deaths, Zero stigma and discrimination.”