NDANGWA MWITTAH, Choma
SOUTHERN Province Minister Edify Hamukale has called on people in the province not to be scared of going for routine HIV counselling and testing.
Dr Hamukale said there is nothing scary about the exercise as it is better for one to know their status as opposed to not knowing.
Speaking when he officiated at the Southern Province music concert which was organised by Choma’s Cooma Maanu Radio Station, Dr Hamukale said Government decided to adopt the mandatory HIV test and treat campaign to save lives.
“There is absolutely no need to be scared of anything. Your results will still remain confidential. Government is encouraging that every citizen goes for HIV testing so that all those that will be found positive are put on medication immediately,” he said.
Dr Hamukale said he has undertaken the test and that he is HIV-negative.
He said the exercise is very beneficial, especially to those that would be found positive because they would be put on medication immediately.
And Siavonga district commissioner Lovemore Kanyama has also implored people in his district to visit health facilities for routine medical check-ups.
Mr Kanyama said people should not wait until they are bedridden to seek medical services.
“I am urging the people of Siavonga district that once in a while they visit the health centres for their medical check-ups. Let’s not wait until we are sick before visiting these clinics and hospitals.
“We need to have a healthy district and indeed a healthy province. I believe we can achieve it,” he said.