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.