CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) will next week hold a meeting to sensitise the media and other stakeholders on the mandatory routine HIV counselling and testing.
ZMA president Abidan Chansa said in an interview yesterday that the association will also engage church leaders, chiefs and civil society organisations over the matter.
Dr Chansa said the meeting will seek to demystify the negative perceptions on routine HIV counselling and testing.
“The media plays a crucial role in disseminating correct health messages and that is why we will hold a one-day orientation meeting with media practitioners on the recent pronouncement on routine HIV testing,” he said.
Dr Chansa said ZMA is confident that routine HIV counselling and testing will have a huge impact on reducing the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the country.