Govt. scaling up intervention for HIV/AIDS prevention

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Kafue District Commissioner, Grace Ngulube says government has scaled up interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention in the country in general and Kafue district in particular.


Ms. Ngulube says the increase of health facilities and purchase of equipment in the health centres are some of the measures put in place to fight the pandemic and other related diseases.


ZANIS reports that the District Commissioner said this in a speech read on her behalf by District Administrative Officer, Ngoni Moyo during the world AIDS day commemoration in Kafue district today.


Ms. Ngulube has since called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to mitigate and fight the HIV/AIDS in the communities.


Speaking earlier, Kafue District Medical Officer, Dorothy Marumahoko, revealed that the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district dropped from 19 percent in 2012 to 18.4 percent in 2013.


Dr. Marumahoko attributed the reduction to multi-sectoral approach taken by the district and spearheaded by district AIDS task force to fight the pandemic.


She added that her office has had 14,305 people tested for HIV/AIDS and 2,105 of them were found positive.


Dr. Marumahoko has echoed the call for every Kafue resident to ensure that stigma and fear attached to HIV/AIDS is fought both at national and community levels.


Representing the network of people living with HIV/AIDS in Kafue district, Mwini Nyirenda, said stigma faced by people living HIV/AIDS in communities and families has contributed to the loss of lives.