Chief Mwanachingwala of Mazabuka says the Zambia Demographic and Health survey being jointly conducted by the Ministry of Health and Central Statistical Office may not achieve its intended goals because of lack of seriousness.
The Chief told ZANIS in Mazabuka today that it was unreasonable for the Ministry of
Health to embark on such a sensitive survey where people would be required to test
for HIV and sexually transmitted infections without sensitisation.
He said people in his chiefdom who have been targetted under the survey were not
ready to be tested adding that forcing them to test for HIV would be a violation of
Chief Mwanachingwala was reacting to his subjects at Shimungalu fishing camp who
told ZANIS that they would flee their villages once the survey starts.
The villagers who sought anonymity told ZANIS that the survey being conducted was
meant to obtain blood for ritual and satanism purpose.
And Chief Mwanachingwala said he would not allow the Ministry of Health and Central
Statistical Officers to conduct HIV or STIs tests because such tests were
Meanwhile, the sensitisation programmes on the Zambia Demographic Survey have hit
snag in Mazabuka because of lack of funds.