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ZAMBIA PRESIDENT DECLEARS COMPULSORY HIV TEST


The President of Zambia, H.E Edgar Lungu, has legalized and made HIV test compulsory in all public health institutions.

He said, the strategy “prioritises the fight against HIV by ensuring that people know their status”.

Activists, have also argued it out that apart from it infringing on human right, the compulsory HIV test will help promote the stigmatization and discrimination against people living with HIV.

Stakeholders have hailed President Lungu for the bold step he has taken in ensuring that HIV test has been made compulsory.

Dr. Joseph Mulenga, of the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service (ZNBTS), also said that it was a brilliant move which will help people know their status and also reduce HIV stigma.

“The mandatory AIDS test is a brilliant idea and a step in the right direction. This means that there will be less disease burden, because the disease will be suppressed. People who test positive will be put on treatment early and will not get most of the opportunistic infections such as anemia which requires blood,” he said.

Policy Monitoring and Research Center (PMRC) executive director, Mrs. Bernadette Deka said the mandatory HIV test was a gate way to HIV prevention, cure and treatment.

“This will offer suggestions to help policy-makers design more targeted interventions to help health care providers deliver better services to People Living with HIV/AIDS in Zambia that will feed into community initiatives that will translate into significant reductions in incidence and prevalence rates” she said.

The Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) in Livingstone said that the step taken by President Lungu is going to crate a generation free from HIV in Zambia by 2030.

Credit: Allafrica.com

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