First lady Esther Lungu has urged men to join the fight against HIV/AIDS by getting tested and escort their partners for ante-natal services to end the disease burden by 2030.
Speaking when she toured Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Clinic in Livingstone , Mrs. Lungu said women alone cannot manage to eradicate HIV/AIDS.
Mrs. Lungu said by testing early, the HIV/AIDS virus can be detected in good time for enhanced treatment as well as prevent mother to child transmission.
She said with the support of men in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the disease can be eliminated before the year 2030.
And Mrs. Lungu is impressed with the work culture of health personnel at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Clinic.
The first lady is especially impressed with the health centre’s involvement of community workers who follow HIV positive people in the community to encourage them.
And Health Permanent Secretary, Administration, Kennedy Malama has eulogized the first lady for making a difference in the lives of vulnerable people.
Meanwhile a 36-year old HIV positive woman of Livingstone has praised government for introducing the Elimination of Mother to Child transmission-EMTCT programme.
Juliet Makokwa has told the first lady that despite her status, all her four children are HIV negative and that she is also living a healthy life, thanks to the EMTCT programme.