By Jubiel Zulu
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kennedy Malama says Zambia can only achieve its target of eliminating HIV/ AIDS by 2030 if health service providers team up with stakeholders.
Dr. Malama says medical practitioners need to work with schools, traditional leaders and other stakeholders in implementations of programmes aimed at reducing HIV scourge currently claiming many lives.
He said this when he inspected the voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) at Mzeye zonal health centre in Chipata district of Eastern Province.
Dr Malama observed that the health facility has made progress in the provision of the VMMC programme in a beat of its target of 230 by conducting 260 surgeries in the last August and September this year.
Dr Malama said that Mzeye zonal health centre has been working with the Ministry of Education by conducting awareness programmes among schools leading to pupils in the area seeking VMMC services.
He noted that Mzeye has made been recording a reduction in the transmission of HIV currently.
The Health Practitioner said according to the records, it shows that people in the area are responding positively to Government’s call for universal counselling, testing and treatment for HIV.
Dr Malama stressed the need to ensure that the HIV infection rate in the area remains low and seek ways in which the health facility can move towards the elimination of the virus among people in the area.
Mzeye medical officer in-charge Geoffrey Njovu disclosed that 2,400 people are on AntiRetroviral Therapy (ART) at the health facility.
Mr Njovu said 95 percent of the patients on ART adhere to medication.
He also said that the health facility has improved its service provision to patients due to adequate delivery of drugs and medicine and improved staffing levels that were recorded since last year.
Dr Malama is currently in Eastern province for the survey of health services and infrastructure development.
The PS has inspected the newly constructed Chipata District Hospital, Eyes Hospital, theaters, Laboratories and the matenity ward at Chipata Central Hospital.