The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi, Madame Gertrude Mutharika on Friday called upon parents in the country to unite and have their children tested for HIV.
Mutharika made the call at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) Lilongwe when she was taken on a tour to the paediatric ward and he Baylor College of Medicine Children Foundation.
She said Malawi has made tremendous progress in combating HIV and by 2030 the country will be at a better position.
Said Mutharika:“Malawi has made tremendous progress as far as combating HIV/AIDS is concerned. Despite this, children have been left back such that it is my duty now to make sure that 90 per cent of children living with the virus are told of their status.”
She added:“It is also my wish to see parents going for HIV testing so that they know their status.”
The First Lady further called upon the Ministry of Health to ensure that willing parents have their children tested.
First Lady saud KCH is offering HIV testing to children whose parents are willing to have them tested.
“It is my appeal to the Ministry of Health to utilize every contact with children whether during immunization, during growth monitoring and patient’s care to have the children tested for HIV,” she said–Mana