Mchinji, Traditional Authority Simphasi has called on community members in his area to go for HIV testing and counseling to know their sero status.
He made the call on Tuesday when the district commemorated Word Aids Day at Chinteka 1 Primary School ground in TA Simphasi.
Traditional Authority Simphasi said in order for the country to achieve 90-90-90 in 2020, people should go for HIV testing and counseling to check whether they are positive or not and that those found positive should start receiving Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
“The virus has derailed development of the district and nation as a whole. There is a need for us chiefs to intervene by mobilizing our community members to go for HTC so that they know their status,” he said.
District AIDs Coordinating Committee report revealed that Mchinji has at least 45 thousand people living with HIV and Aids and they are on ARV treatment.
In his remarks, District Council Chairperson, Edison Josiah said the commemoration of Aids day accords the district an opportunity to raise awareness about the virus and demonstrate solidarity in the fight against the pandemic.
Josiah said the Government of Malawi is dedicated to promoting access to quality HIV and Aids services for all.
“As you know, Malawi plans to end Aids as a public health threat in 2030. This calls for us to ensure that by 2020; 90 percent of people who are living with HIV should know their status; 90 percent of those that know their status should be on ARVs and 90 percent that are on ARVs should have their viral load suppressed,” he said.
“I am very happy to say that Mchinji district is on course to attaining these targets as our district program continues to ensure that HIV testing services are accessible and more people are able to access treatment services,” he said.
Every year the world commemorate Aids day on December 1 and Mchinji held the event on 26 December under the theme ‘Right to Health: Access to Quality Prevention and Treatment Services for all’.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA