KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka –
MINISTER of Health Chitalu Chilufya has told Parliament that there are 41,000 new HIV-infections per year
occurring in young people.
Dr Chilufya told Parliament that the incidence of 41,000 new HIV-infections is high.
The figure was 72, 000 in 2015.
He said Government under President Lungu’s leadership has coined the National AIDS strategic plan of 2017 to 2021 which is focusing on leaving no one behind.
Dr Chilufya said this measure ensures people listed are enrolled on Antiretroviral (ART) treatment, and that out of the one million estimated people who are HIV positive, over 850,000 have been put on ART.
“And through the new policy of ‘Test and Treat’, renewed focus on adolescent, and enhanced community involvement, it is envisaged that the remaining 3,050 will be put on treatment to ‘Test and Treat’ without looking at one’s CD4 Count parameters,’ he said.
He said this will ensure those that are positive get on ART.
Dr Chilufya said the ministry is working with various stakeholders to ensure HIV is eliminated by the year 2030 in Zambia.
“Our focus on adolescent is seen in our national adolescent plan, this is because adolescents are the face of HIV,” he said.
And Dr Chilufya said Government has introduced measures to address adolescents by engaging various stakeholders to ensure they are all reached.
Dr Chilufya also said Zambia is aiming to reach 15 percent of the budget to the ministry of health as it currently stands at about nine percent.
He also said his ministry has innovative ways of sourcing for finance in the health sector.