The Ministry of Health has stated that about 76 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are on Anti-Retroviral (ARV) treatment.

The Ministry has also disclosed that HIV is more prevalent in females than in males with percentages standing at 63 for women and 35 for men.

President Edgar Lungu has however noted that the percentages could even be higher for men than women except that men usually do not go for checkups as women have a high health seeking behaviour.

The President said this at State House in Lusaka yesterday during the cluster presentation on enhancing human development on the implementation of the 7th National Development Plan.

The Head of State has since called for sensitization and encouragement of men to develop interest in going medical checkups to know their health status.

And Ministry of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the Ministry is among other things encouraging both men and women to start using self-testing kits to check their HIV status from their homes.

He said men are also encouraged to escorts their expectant wives for antenatal visits so that they can be tested together from health facilities.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chilufya noted that the malaria mortality cases currently stands at 50%.

Dr. Chilufya said through various interventions that the Ministry of Health has put in place to reduce malaria cases across the country especially the Indoor Residue Spray (IRS), malaria cases in Southern and Lusaka Provinces have been reduced towards elimination.

The Minister noted that of the two provinces, Lusaka Province has reduced drastically.

However, Dr. Chilufya stated that his Ministry will continue implementing the interventions to ensure that the disease is eliminated in all parts of the country.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. No surprise here. Men are the ones who have multiple sexual partners and can infect up to 10 women in a month. To make matters worse, these men never go for check-ups and when they pass away ati cancer!

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  2. Our women like to cling to a few men that have money, they don’t bother as long as he’s a big buyer. Even those as young as 16 don’t mind sharing a man older than their father. As for men, they long for sex but it’s denied when they have no money, even wives are culprits. So when a man gets money he goes on a rampage because he can now afford. Women just bring themselves. So let’s fight poverty, stable women rarely give in to sex

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  3. Hahahahahahaha!

    @The real Olivia pope and Ayatollah have made my day!

    I like your compliments on the subject matter.

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  4. HIV IS SPREAD BY MEN. SOME MEN ARE DELIBERATELY INFECTING SOME WOMEN WHO ARE DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR SEX AND MONEY. THERE ARE MORE WOMEN THAN MEN STATISTICALLY SPEAKING SO WE EXPECT MORE WOMEN TO BE INFECTED ANYWAY

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  5. I think there are a number variables worth looking at that can be attributed to the huge variance, some of which my friends above have already articulated. minus the male circumcision fallacy.
    what’s the % of sexually active women are there relative to men?
    women generally do more testing for various reasons than men. so there actually may be more men who’re in fact positive but are not part of the statistical population

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