Zambia's Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu has called for urgent measures to reverse the high HIV prevalence rate in the region.
Mr. Mubukwanu says there is need for quick action because the HIV prevalence rate in Western Province is worrying.
He notes that the 16 percent HIV prevalence rate is a huge burden considering the population size which is slightly under 1 million.
Mr. Mubukwanu said this during the opening of the province’s first ever Indaba on HIV and AIDS aimed at finding lasting solutions to halt and reverse burden in the province.
The minister cautioned that faith based organisation that preaches the message of substituting ARVs for prayers will be deregistered.
And National AIDS Council-NAC- Director Policy and Planning John Mwale said international resource base for HIV and AIDS programs has dwindled in the last five years.
He said there is need to build local resource base through initiatives such as constituency development funds.
Mr. Mwale called for stronger community health systems in order to enhance service delivery.
The three day HIV indaba has attracted more than 3 hundred delegates.
LUSAKA TIMES- ZAMBIA