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Zimbabwe deserves praise for fighting HIV aids

by Njabulo
08 Jul 2019 at 08:30hrs | Views
It is very important that as Zimbabweans we all participate in fighting the spread of HIV aids and also help in controlling it. In my view, Zimbabwe played a very important role in controlling the spread of HIV aids and STIs.

That dates back to the period when there was no medication for it. I am not praising our people and the Ministry of Health as a way of deceiving our people nor to appease anyone. But this has been the obtaining situation since the HIV aids disease was discovered to be present in Africa or in the world.   

In places of drinking beer the Ministry of Health and other organisation made it a point that free condoms were available. More so that their prices were/are kept at a lower price. For that its hats off to Zimbabweans for their efforts to fight HIV aids.   

Of course, there are many that have that disease, but had it not been for the robust awareness programmes unleashed by the Ministry of Health, other ministries such as the department of education, the police force, army and other non governmental organisations, a lot of people could have got infected or died of HIV aids. Having mentioned that, the Ministry of Health and those activists that are mentioned in the above article must petition the government to reverse the repealed law of deliberate infecting of another with HIV aids which was decriminalised. This is another way of fighting the spread of HIV aids.

Without any law which proscribes the infecting of others with HIV aids whilst knowing that one has HIV aids, HIV aids will spread like a wild fire in Zimbabwe.Many will spread it without fear.
This encouragement for us to have that law reinstated, must not be construed to mean militating against the government or undermining its policies or the decisions of the legislators.

This is for the good of our people. Duty of care to protect victims or would be victims is owed by all of us including Government and Parliament. So, let's ponder over that irrational decision of repealing that piece of legislation which saved lives in the past

Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.

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