President Edgar Lungu has challenged people threatening to take the newly introduced compulsory Testing, Counseling and Treatment for HIV to court to go ahead. Speaking to the media at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before departure for Rwanda, President Lungu wondered why some people are lamenting that their human rights are being violated when he is concerned about their welfare.
The President said that there was no need for Zambians to worry over the newly introduced compulsory Testing, Counseling and Treatment for HIV because there will be strict confidentiality. The President said that individuals’ privacy is guaranteed because their results will remain between them and the health practitioner.
The President said those found to be positive will be treated so that their lives can be prolonged.
President Lungu said that it was unfair that some people are even labeling him a dictator simply because the landmark pronouncement he made.
President said that he cannot be a dictator when he is showing commitment in promoting good health practices.
And Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said that the widespread HIV opportunistic infections in Zambia prompted cabinet to unanimously assent to making HIV testing compulsory to all citizens visiting health facilities across the country.
Speaking at Lusaka’s Chrisma Hotel yesterday during the Patriotic Front (PF) interactive forum, Dr. Chilufya said HIV reinfections are the causes of nearly eighty one per cent of recorded mortalities at Zambia’s highest referral facility, the University Teaching Hospital (UTH)
Dr. Chilufya who is also Mansa Central Member of Parliament said government’s action to making HIV testing mandatory to every Zambian who visits any health was timely and people should not politicize it as HIV is nonpartisan.
The Health Minister has since cautioned health personnel to keep HIV and AIDS information for the clients in the strictest confidence as they under oath.
“The widespread HIV opportunistic infections in Zambia prompted cabinet to unanimously assent to making HIV testing compulsory to all citizens visiting health facilities across the country” Dr. Chilufya said
On Monday this week President Edgar Lungu announced at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka that HIV testing had become mandatory to everyone who visits any health facility.