THERE’S need for the church to join hands with the Government in eradicating HIV/AIDS in Kitwe because the disease is wiping out the human resource which is cardinal to the development of the country, says Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe.
According to Kitwe district AIDS task force chairperson Chikafuna Banda, about 1,000 people in Kitwe test HIV-positive every month.
Kitwe is the second largest city in terms of size and population in Zambia and with Central Statistical Office census of 2010 putting the population at 504,194.
Mr Kabwe said it was sad to discover that the HIV/AIDS infection rates have reached alarming levels in the district with more than 800 people testing positive per month.
“Let me take this opportunity to inform the nation that it is sad to discover that the HIV/AIDS infection rates have reached alarming levels in the district of Kitwe with over 800 people testing positive monthly,” he said.
Mr Kabwe said it was vital that the church helped the Government to ensure vices related to HIV/AIDS were tackled.
He said the human resource was cardinal to the wellbeing of the country, saying if the people were infected in large numbers it would be difficult for the city to move forward.
Mr Kabwe said the scourge was affecting productive people who were adding value to the development of the country.
Mr Kabwe called on Zambians to uphold biblical principles by changing their behaviour and refraining from illicit activities in order to combat the disease that had widely affected the industrious people.
“The Church plays a cardinal role in transforming the lives of the people morally, socially and spiritually hence it should take a leading role in sensitising and educating masses about the dangers of HIV/AIDS,” he said.
He appealed to the clergymen that have engaged themselves in partisan politics to start preaching the message of HIV/AIDS because everyone needed to take an active role in combating the disease.