Prisons battle to cut HIV infection rate


ZAMBIA Prison Service Commissioner General Percy Chato has assured that the Prisons Service would do its best to ensure that HIV prevalence rates in prisons are reduced.

Mr. Chato said the prison service with the help of various stakeholders had embarked on an aggressive sensitization programme to address HIV/AIDS in prisons.

He said the sensitization programme had helped to lower HIV infection rates among prisoners in Zambia.

“We have embarked on a sensitization programme which has really been helpful in the fight against infections among prisoners,” he said.

He noted that Zambian prisons had for the last few years seen a decrease in HIV prevalence rates due to sensitization.

Mr. Chato expressed confidence that the Service would do its best in ensuring that HIV prevalence rates are drasticallly reduced.

Prisoners were now more aware of the implications of sodomy which was one of the major drivers of HIV/AIDS.

He said the awareness of sodomy by inmates had helped to reduce the prevalence rate in prisons.

“Most inmates are now more aware of the danger of indulging in sodomy and its consequences. So the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in most facilities across the country is now at a minimal level,” he said.

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