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Govt committed to ending AIDS by 2030

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Chitalu Chilufya

President Edgar Lungu has pledged Government’s commitment to ending AIDS by 2030. President Lungu says ending AIDS by 2030 is only attainable if everyone takes responsibility and ownership of their health.

He says Government has embarked on a programme of ensuring universal health coverage which includes ending AIDS by 2030. The Head of State said this in a speech read on his behalf by Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya during this year’s World AIDS Day commemorations at Kalingalinga grounds in Lusaka.

And Zambia has become the 7th country to attain the 90-90-90 target of attaining HIV epidemic control. This means that 90 percent of the country’s population know their HIV status while 90 percent of those living with HIV are on antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of those on treatment have reached viral load suppression.

Meanwhile, President Lungu has expressed appreciation to the American Government for supporting Zambia in its fight against HIV and AIDS.

And United States Chargée D’ affaires David Young described Zambia’s attainment of the 90-90-90 epidemic control of HIV as an extraordinary achievement.

Mr. Young said this means that HIV will no longer be a leading cause of death and disability in the country.

Meanwhile, United Nations Resident Coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio expressed happiness with the progress made by Zambia.

Dr. Gadio called for continued collaboration among all stakeholders to sustain gains scored so far.

She said this in a speech read on her behalf by UNAIDS Country Director Tharcisse Barihuta.

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