At last MP acts on Mazabuka HIV infections

Mazabuka Central member of parliament Gary Nkombo says he will not allow the Microbicide Development Programme (MDP) to conduct any further clinical trials on poor women.

Mr Nkombo told ZANIS in Mazabuka today, the ban is with immediate effect.

He said MDP should not even attempt to launch another feasibility study in Lubombo because the organisation will not be allowed to do so by the community.

Mr Nkombo challenged MDP management to tell the nation the criteria that was used to enroll the women who contracted the HIV and AIDs virus and the compensation involved.

He said Zambia is made of 72 districts but wondered why MDP selected to conduct the clinical trials in Mazabuka and only targeted women whose education levels are low.

MDP Community Liason officer, Kennedy Mundia however said the stance taken by the MP was wrong because his organisation is in a hurry to find a remedy to HIV and AIDS.

MDP targets to enroll 60 women in Lubombo for yet another ARV based Microbicide gel.


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