Health officials have said Mwanza is topping on sexually transmitted infections and blames the construction of a rail line project in the border district as the cause of the alarming spread of the infections.
Mwanza District Health Officer Ralph Piringu said in the past year alone, 14000 women and 5,000 men were infected with STIs.
“A lot of people are being infected because of booming commercial sex market provided by the Nacala Rail Line Project under Valley. We are dealing with the problem,” he said.
He was speaking this on Thursday after briefing journalists on STI and HIV incidents cohort study that seeks to screen people on STIs and HIV and immediately put them on treatment if found infected.
Several non- governmental organizations have been to Mwanza to sensitize people on HIV and AIDS following reports that prostitutes from Blantyre and surrounding districts were flocking to the district to lure workers at the project for sex.
Most workers came from other districts and spent months on end without visiting their wives as the project had a tight deadline.
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