Villagers in Chief Hanjalika of Mazabuka have called on Non Governmental Organisations championing the fight against HIV and AIDs to distribute female condoms to the area to protect women from contracting the pandemic.
The villagers revealed during an HIV sensitisation programme held at Munjile storage shed organised by the Ministry of Information of Broadcasting Services (MIBS) through ZANIS that NGOs involved in HIV programmes were only distributing male condoms.
Loveness Mweemba complained that women remained vulnerable because they have never seen female condoms despite NGOs and government advising them not to engage in unprotected sex.
Ms. Mweemba was also supported by Kebby Bwempya, who urged government not to exercise any biasness in the fight against HIV and AIDs.
” The only condoms we are familiar with are male ones while female condoms have never been distributed. How can women be protected if they are exposed to unfair treatment by government and NGOs?”
And village headmen have asked government to provide income generating activities to people living with HIV and AIDS if the death rate was to be reduced.
Headman Chinkuli said government should treat the appeal seriously if more people are to be enrolled on Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) drugs.