Edgar Lungu has announced that HIV testing is now compulsory in Zambia and there will be no debate on the matter.
Speaking during the inaugural HIV testing, counselling and treatment day in Lusaka, Lungu said that was the official position and emphasised that there will be no debate about the human rights of individuals.
Lungu disclosed that cabinet debated the matter last night and reached this decision though some members had raised concern on people’s human rights.
He said protecting life of the affected and those they can affect overrides the human rights argument.
The policy will require all patients seeking medical help in all government health facilities to be tested for HIV.
‘We do not consult you when we test you for malaria so it’s the same with HIV,’ Lungu said.