Zambians should obey President Lungu on HIV mandatory testing

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Zambian DNA Spokesperson Spuki Mulemwa says Zambians should obey President Edgar Lungu’s advice to gather courage and go for HIV/AIDS testing.

In a statement to Pan African Radio, Mulemwa says President Lungu has assured the nation that the results of the Compulsory HIV/AIDS Testing, Counselling and Treatment for anyone who will visit a public health facility across the country will be held in the strictest confidence hence there is no need for people to be sacred to be tested.

Mulemwa states that Government’s decision to enforce mandatory HIV/AIDS testing, counseling and treatment is timely as this will save lives of citizens especially through opportunistic infections that Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya disclosed recently at a Patriotic Front (PF) Interactive Forum at Lusaka’s Chrismar Hotel were the cause of eighty per cent of mortalities recorded at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

The Zambian DNA Spokesperson noted that the HIV/AIDS pandemic has claimed millions of lives in the country thus robbing the nation of the much-needed human resource especially the youth.

And Mulemwa commended government‘s plan to provide self-testing kits to learning institutions, workplaces and other public places as this will assist people to know their HIV status and has since appealed  to all stakeholders, especially politicians and human rights activists not to politicize the issue of HIV /AIDS mandatory testing as this is a matter of life and death.

“Zambians should obey President Edgar Lungu’s advice to gather courage and go for HIV/AIDS testing” Mulemwa said.

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      Wow Spuki Mulemwa still sings? This HIV mandatory song was sung long time ago in 1990. Then PK chishala followed with hit song “… Umwaume waku Lutuku..”

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      He is right, President Lungu is the Messiah and I would like to see someone get jailed for disobeying his Majesty

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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      Confidential? Under PF, never! This a desparate useless regime capable of anything-they will soon disclosing theresults on social media for those found positive political opponents on social mediajust to shame and quieten them.

      Talk is cheap, PF arent capable of running anything smoothly with confidentiality-one day in futurea list of all those positive in Southern Province towns or any other province will be circulating on social media…I can bet on that!

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      In the first place why confidential. ??? This is the reason the pandemic will not come to an end. Just remove the death sentence for hiv infected people and give hope to everyone for a cure or treatment once found with hiv. If it remains confidential infected people will be easily passing it on to other willfully. Let these people feel free to tell everyone that they are infected so that the uninfected can make a decision beneficial to both of them. If people were open from the time this virus was diagnosed hiv would have been no more by now. You are just taking the disease into the future by hiding your status bane.

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    What is DNA? An organization for people living with HIV? Just because you know your status, it doesn’t mean any other person is interested to know. After all, the more people who are HIV + the more money you get from your sponsors. So it’s about money for you, not that it’s going to benefit them.

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    I have always asked about what the fuss is about HIV testing. Why are people afraid to know their status? Is it because they want to go on living carefree lives? Do people not want to know their HIV status so that if they are negative they can take greater care over their lives to avoid getting infected? Do people not want to know their HIV status so that if they are positive they care take greater care over their lives to avoid getting reinfected and avoid infecting others? Why do people not want to know their status and take better care of their lives and those of others? Does lack of knowledge in this case lead to leading a happier life or it is mere pretence to living a better and happier life?

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    Leading by example, “Jonathan” Lungu and Inonge Should test first and publish the results for all to see. Maybe a live television testing with on site results.

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      You are missing the point badala. Mandatory testing is not the same as public testing and letting the world know. If you want the world to know your status your are free to do it. The fact that you’re just yapping without logic confirms that you’re a toilet cleaner in USA.

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      Reference made to HH Oval Head. A toilet cleaner is a job like any other job. This is a difference between developed nations and undeveloped nations. It is better to be a toil cleaner in USA than without a job as a toilet cleaner in Zambia.

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    Really laughable…any Jim and Jack can found an organisation if you donate funds to them they will start barking louder for you!!

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    “Obey”? Wrong word sir, do not ask people to “obey” why not say people should consider lungo’s advice about HIV testing. Obey sounds too patronising.

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    The big question is: Have we consulted with other countries that are boasting of having considerably reduced the infection rates on what they did to achieve those low infection rates? Have those countries made HIV/AIDS tests compulsory every time a person seeks medical attention at a health centre? Zambia’s renowned HIV consultants Prof.Nkandu Luo and Dr.Manasseh Phiri are quiet on this matter. We want to hear your comments

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    This is timely. We do need to force people to reckon with this disease. People are still taking chances by deliberately parking their brains in the wrong pleasure zones. I am surprised people are still having sex at all in country like ours! Zambians are into multiple partnerships and drunken sex. Every man with a few bobs in his pocket has a grasping mistress looking for some wY out of poverty.

    I am now celebrating some 23 years of Celebacy! I wish young Zambians will embrace celibacy until marriage and hopefully give dumb Mistress Keeping the boot and stay loyal to their sex partners. I am sexually healthy and proud.

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      Oh by the way rich women also keep young male gigolos. For equalities sakes lets not just slate men.

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    Lungu cannot give advice because he has no legitimise. How can anyone listen to somebody who stole the elections?

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    I am surprised that disgraced dictator lungu still has a flock of worshipers who are trying to patch up his dented image. lungu has been internationally exposed as a charlatan and a despot not worth any respect at all.What he has done is focus the international spot light on Zambians in general wondering why a sober nation would elect such an idio!t leader.

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    I totally support you bwana, people opposing such a well meaning Policy don’t mean well to our Society

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    Since when do citizens obey their elected representative? Contrary, the elected representative should obey the electorate.

    People who say that test results will remain private don’t get the issue – the government mandating medical procedures.

    On top of that, there is absolutely no reason to get everyone tested for HIV. HIV is not that prevalent, contrary to what the doctored national prevalence numbers would lead people to believe.

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    When HIV/AIDS program sponsors come for monitoring, they are given statistics to show that we have reached a zero infection rate. If in a week’s time new sponsors come, the infection rate suddenly leaps to 80%. With the coming of the factory for ARVs in Lusaka West, everyone should be tested and treated for no cure. This enthusiasm could be driven, in some quarters, by the large commission % from the project. Why didn’t we see this kind of enthusiasm when Sondashi formula needed support?

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    This ***** has worked so hard to destroy the reputation of UHURU ROAD song, I have even deleted the song from my music file.

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