Malawians in Chiradzulu district have been asked to desist from conducts that can contribute to the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic so that the district should develop.
The call was made on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 2015 World AIDS Day at Tchoda school ground in the area of Sub Traditional Authority Maone in the district.
Speaking at the event, Chiradzulu District council chairman, Councillor Emmanuel Kamwendo, who was also guest of honour, said the epidemic is one of the major constraints to development.
“There is need for people to ensure that they are safe because mostly it is difficult for a person who is not healthier to take part effectively in developmental activities,” he said. Chiradzulu District AIDS Coordinator (DAC), Chris Nawata, told Malawi24 in an interview that his office is not satisfied with the progress of the fight against HIV/AIDS in the district since they have not yet reduced the spread of the epidemic.
Nawata said they are implementing HIV preventive programs such as medical male circumcision and HIV/AIDS testing and counselling aimed at reducing further transmission of the epidemic in the district.
“We are doing our best but somehow we are going down and we really haven’t registered required progress in terms of further spread of the epidemic,” said Nawata.
The day was commemorated under the theme “Getting to Zero: New Infections, New HIV Related Deaths and Stigma and Discrimination towards 90:90:90”.
Statistics indicate that 1.1 million people are on HIV medical treatment in Malawi and 34,000 of them are from Chiradzulu district.