GOVERNMENT is putting in place interventions to see to it that the country achieves an HIV/AIDS free generation by 2030, says Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya.
Dr. Chilufya said that the Government in collaboration with global as well as local partners had invested substantially towards the fight against HIV/AIDS such as through tests, prevention and anti-retroviral therapy to combat the disease and expressed hope that the country would have an HIV/AIDS generation by 2030.
Speaking on behalf of the minister, yesterday at Lusaka’s Government Complex clinical care specialist Crispin Moyo, at AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) run up to the World AIDS Day, called on the general public to be part of the solution to tackle the pandemic.
Dr. Chilufya thanked cooperating partners such as AHF, stating that Government had been challenged to refocus on key areas in the fight against HIV/AIDS through their groundwork and research.
“The Government has been challenged to refocus on putting interventions necessary to see to it that the country achieves an HIV/AIDS free generation by 2030 and we are on the right path,” Dr Chilufya said.
Speaking at the same event, National AIDS Council (NAC) director general John Mwale called for more funding by the Government and global as well as national partners towards HIV/AIDS as the fight was a long way from being won, stating that out of about 2.1 million living with HIV, only 792,000 were on ART.
Mr Mwale expressed dismay that the prevalence of HIV among sex workers stood at 56.7 percent, yet they could not assess ARTs.
Meanwhile, AHF national medical director Lawson Simapuka said that the organisation had placed 85 of their employees such as lab technicians, nurses and doctors in public health centers aimed at beefing up staff towards HIV/AIDS.
And, AHF ambassador and an artist Paul Slim, who is HIV positive, urged other youths not to be ashamed of their status as it was not a death sentence in that they could still achieve their dreams and aspirations, affirming that it was important to know one’s status early in order to access medicine.