28,000 new cases of HIV infection were reported in Zambia this year, according to health minister SYLVIA MASEBO.
Despite a decrease in new infections from 38,000 the previous years, according to Ms. MASEBO, the issue still needs to be addressed.
Speaking during today’s World AIDS Day commemorations in Lusaka, Ms. MASEBO said that although Zambia has made strides in treating adults, the proportion of children receiving treatment is still low.
Inequalities, according to UN Resident Coordinator BEATRICE MUTALI, would hinder efforts to eradicate HIV and AIDS worldwide if they are not addressed.
Furthermore, US Ambassador to Zambia MICHAEL GONZALEZ stated that his country supports Zambia in halting HIV transmission so that it no longer poses a threat to public health.
The head of the House of Chiefs, Senior Chief NKULA, also declared that traditional leaders are prepared to assist the government in putting HIV/AIDS prevention policies into action.
HIV and AIDS are not a death sentence, according to Kembe Member of Parliament PRINCESS KASUNE, who has had the virus since 1997. Access to medication has been made simple.
The theme of World AIDS Day is “equalize! reducing the gaps