Blantyre City residents have been advised that sharing messages about the spread and prevention of HIV/AIDS can play a leading role in reducing the spread of the virus.
This was said during the commemoration of the 2016 International Aids candlelight memorial held at Mbayani Primary school ground.
Councillor Mike Mambo, representing the Blantyre City Mayor, said the day serves as a reminder to all stakeholders to take a leading role in the fight against the pandemic.
Said Mambo: “We have a responsibility in our hands to stop the spread of the pandemic. In coming together, we are making a pledge towards the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS.”
Mambo added that records show that Blantyre has a high prevalence rate hence the need for concerted efforts in fighting the spread of the disease.
Director of Health and Social services at Blantyre City Council, Dr. Emmanuel Kanjunjunju stressed the importance of the commemoration.
Kanjunjunju saidin trying to remember those who have died because of HIV/AIDS, the day also serves to sensitize and educate the masses about the pandemic.
“The fight against HIV/AIDS should not leave out any age group and we must take advantage of this commemoration to share messages and knowledge on how best we can tackle the disease,” said Kanjunjunju.
The event was patronized by people from all circles of society, students, the clergy, law enforcers and human rights activists.
This year’s memorial was commemorated under the theme; Engage, educate and empower:A call to renowned commitment towards HIV/AIDS response.
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