First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda has commended and his government for holding the first ever National AIDS convention to focusing attention on prevention of infections.
Dr Kaunda said the initiative, intention and purposes of the convention were an indication that the matter of HIV/AIDS is being taken seriously in the campaign against the.
He said that even though the country is taking a right step in the fight against the pandemic there should be no room for complacency.
Dr Kaunda said this when he graced this year’sat Manyama in Solwezi’s Lumwana area today.
He said there was need for collective action from all stakeholders against this global threatening situation as numbers of people living with the pandemic has reached an alarming stage.
Dr Kaunda said it was extremely urgent to take necessary measures to promote universal access to treatment, adding that it is the best available tool to help reverse and ultimately halt the spread of HIV/AIDS as called for in the Millennium Declaration of the United National (UN) adopted in 2000.
He called for intensified campaign through various programs especially work place programs on HIV/AIDS by government and parastatal companies in order to impart knowledge to the workforce on prevention as well as the need to discuss openly issues relating to this disease.
Speaking earliar Lumwana Mine Managing Director Adam Wright said the first prevalence survey of 2007 has helped the mine with information for planning and responding to challenges of HIV at Manyama.
Mr Wright said information has enabled the company to develop a Social Sustainability Management Plan (SSMP) focused on areas such as potential increase in HIV infection.
He reaffirmed his company’s commitment to the fight in order to control the spread over areas with rapid population growth like Manyama which are likely to become centers of prevalence.