Church declares HIV/AIDS pandemic as war against Humanity
Nchelenge, December 2nd, ZANIS…THE United Church of Zambia (UCZ) in Nchelenge District of Luapula Province has described the HIV/AIDS pandemic as war against humanity.
Reverend Moses Zgambo said the HIV and AIDS pandemic in the last 25 years has claimed double the number of lives lost during the World War 1 and World War 2 combined.
Rev. Zgambo said the HIV and AIDS devastation of the human race is intolerable and unacceptable.
He said the ripple effects of the HIV and AIDS pandemic among most African countries and Zambia in particular is a desperate situation.
He observed that callous pandemic requires consented efforts of all governments and stakeholders to stop its spreading.
Rev. Zgambo was speaking on Sunday during the candle lighting Church service at the Saint Andrews’ United Church of Zambia (UCZ) to remember people that have died of the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
He said most of the people who die from the HIV/AIDS pandemic could still be alive today if they were shown love, care, and support by both the family and society.
He said many people died in the initial stages of the pandemic because of the lack of care, support and stigmatization reminiscence of ignorance.
He said the world governments have done and continue doing a commendable job to mitigate the ravaging HIV and AIDS.
He thanked the world leaders and the Zambian government for the endeavours aimed at HIV and AIDS eradication.
He prayed to God to grant world leaders and scientists the wisdom to find the cure for the HIV pandemic.
Rev. Zgambo prayed to God for the affected and afflicted families, and the people living with HIV and AIDS for strength.
The candle lighting service was attended by the acting District Commissioner (DC) Stanford Nkhoma, the Council Secretary (CS) Mulowa Sishumba and scores of Nchelenge residents.
The service which was punctuated with music by different singing groups evoked the ugly memories of the depredating effects of the last 25 years of the pandemic whose cure remains a night mare.