Ndola City on the Copperbelt has recorded a reduction in the number of people contracting HIV/AIDS to about six percent from 10 percent in previous years.
The Ndola City Council has attributed the reduction to the launch of the test and treat campaign in August, 2017, by President Edgar Lungu.
This is according to a press statement issued to ZANIS in Ndola today by NCC public relations manager Tilyenji Mwanza.
Ms. Mwanza, stated that District Medical Officer Christopher Dube informed NCC management that the HIV contraction rate has slowed due to Test and treat activities that enhanced the prevention of transmissions like Mother to child transmission (MTCT).
Ms. Mwanza said the district is also happy that it has recorded an increase in numbers on ART to 46, 762 and an improved monitoring of viral load which has been attributed to the same test and treat principle as people are now aware of their status.
Ms. Mwanza added that the Local Authority would like to encourage more people to know their status by ensuring that they get tested.
She stressed that the district has since introduced a new ARV delutagravor which has improved viral suppression and fewer side effects.
Ms Mwanza further said that in a bid to further ensure easy access to health facilities, the district in has opened up four health posts which include Kantolomba, Minsundu and Hillcrest health posts.
Ms. Mwanza said the District is also looking at new ventures which include the construction of Mushili Hospital and the upgrading of Chipulukusu Clinic, saying that Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA) has already been engaged to discuss the possible upgrades.
The Local Authority is also happy to note that it has not recorded any Cholera case this rainy season.