DORIS KASOTE, Mufumbwe
UNFPA country representative Mary Otieno has advised Zambians to live peacefully as the country is considered one of the most peaceful countries in the world.
Dr Otieno wondered why some couples engage in gender-based violence because it
does not reflect what the country is known for globally.
“I am encouraging you to live peacefully, the way the world sees you,” she said.
She was speaking when she addressed Kashima community at Kashima rural health centre on Thursday.
Dr Otieno urged health workers to ensure the community makes use of the services on offer.
She encouraged youth and adolescents to abstain from sex, and those who are sexually active to use protection.
“As young people, you need to invest in your future by making correct and informed decisions,” she said.
And Mufumbwe district commissioner Masela Chinyama said Government recognises the support UNFPA renders to the community such as providing equipment and training of health staff, among others.
She said the health providers at the centre also encourage couples to live in harmony by not engaging in gender-based violence.
Mrs Chinyama warned residents against vandalising the facility, and report anyone found wanting.
Representing the community, Humprey Kakaula said there is need to build a health post in the area to decongest Kashima rural health centre.