Government says adherence to treatment is an important aspect required to uphold good health.
Shang’ombo acting District Commissioner Mwendabai Muyunda says HIV treatment adherence is the surest way through which the onset of HIV/AIDS can be prevented among people living with the virus.
He added that adherence is also an avenue of stopping further spread of new HIV infections with viral suppression.
ZANIS reports that the District Commissioner was speaking during world AIDS day commemoration held in Natukoma of Shang’ombo district, today.
An estimated 9000 people are living with HIV in Shang’ombo district only 1858 of these are currently on antiretroviral therapy.
The District Commissioner for this reason has since urged the public to take keen interest in matters of adherence saying it is everyone’s duty in communities not to stigmatise their family members on ART.
The acting District commissioner further added that in order to increase the uptake of testing services, government has introduced HIV self-testing kits which can be used away from health facilities.
Mr Muyunda expressed happiness for playing his role of providing leadership in the district’s quest to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 through community involvement in solving their common health challenges.
“This approach is no doubt a game changer and fits very well with this year’s world AIDS day global theme of : “Communities make the difference” and the country level theme of ; Communities making a difference – Pressing towards ending AIDS,” He said.