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Clergy cautions students against stigma

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A Clergyman in North western Province has implored students at Mwinilunga Trades Institute to refrain from stigmatising people living with HIV/AIDS.

Speaking when he addressed students, Bishop Matabishi said most of the people living with HIV/AIDS have died early due to stigmatisation.

He stressed that people with HIV/AIDS would have lived longer if enough love and support were given to them by the communities they live in.

Bishop Matabishi said stigma should be discouraged at all levels of society because of the negative effects on the people living with the pandemic.

“A lot of people living with HIV/AIDS have died early due to stigmatising from there work place or institution of learning” he said.

He noted that their health will be prolonged once society resolves to treat them with dignity and respect instead of stigmatising them.

Bishop Matabishi urged students at Mwinilunga Trades Institute to champion the cause of speaking against stigmatisation.

He said the fight against HIV/AIDS is a collective responsibility hence the need for students and youths at large to condemn the vice.

And Bishop Matabsihi has called on students at Mwinilunga Trades Institute to desist from engaging in promiscuous activities.

The clergyman cautioned the students to exhibit upright lives and uphold the teachings of the Christian faith.

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