Government has implored stakeholders to work together in the fight against HIV/AIDS which poses a danger to the economic growth of the country.
Kasama District Commissioner Kalanga Bwalya said this is because the most productive age group between 15 and 45 years were at risk of the infection.
He was speaking when he officiated at the delayed national VCT day held at Lukupa in Kasama yesterday.
Mr. Bwalya said the productive age group is the engine of the economy which if left unprotected the country risked losing its economic gains achieved in the last 50 years of independence.
He called for concerted efforts from all key players in the fight against the epidemic.
The DC bemoaned the effects which have been brought about by the epidemic notable among them, family disintegration and increase in school dropouts.
He reiterated government efforts to the fight against HIV/AIDS through various interventions such as the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTC), opening of more ART Centre’s and training of additional health personnel among other.
And speaking earlier, Kasama District AIDS Task Force Secretary Richard Mubanga appealed to the community to take advantage of the VCT day to know their status.
Mr. Mubanga said it was imperative for the people to know their status if they were to plan their future well.
And Zambia Health Education and Communication Trust Director Chilufya Phiri urged couples to make use of female condoms to prevent women from HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and unwanted pregnancies.
Ms Chilufya appealed to men to take a leading role in promoting the female condoms in order to protect their spouses.
Over 197 people tested for HIV/AIDS in Kasama during the National VCT day which was commemorated under the theme “Reaching Everyone, Everywhere with Annual HIV Counseling and Testing services”.