Proffessor Lungwagwa says the country is losing valuable manpower due to HIV/AIDS
because people wait until they are sick to go to the hospital.
He noted that VCT was an importantÂ element in the fight against the pandemic asÂ it
is the entry point for prevention, treatment, care and support.
Professor Lungwangwa said this in Lusaka today in a speech read for him by his
deputy, Lucy Changwe,at celebrations to mark the Teachers Health Day in Lusaka
He noted that the ministry of education is the largest employer adding that quality
education cannot be achieved without healthy teachers.
Professor Lungwangwa noted that the fight against HIV/AIDS cannot be achieved
through talking alone, but that there is need to take drastic and holistic actions
to save the next generation from the pandemic.
speaking at the same function, Director of Human resource and administration at the
ministry of eucation, DanielÂ Bowasi said the the HIV’AIDS pandemic has continued to
takeÂ heavy toll on humanity.
Mr Bowasi said in ordeer to effectively fight the pandemic, the ministry in 2006
launched an HIV/AIDS work place policy.
He noted that the policy has so far been comprehensive, as it covers all vital areas
Mr Bowasi observed that the policy was a foundation for the prevention and care
programmes in the ministry and also sets the standard behaviour expected of all
He however said the policy can only be useful if it is widely dessiminated to all
employees in the ministry.