Conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) and its subsidiary companies gathered at Comesa Hall in Blantyre where they commemorated World Aids Day whose theme this year is ‘Hands up for HIV Prevention’.
Speaking on behalf of PCL Group Chief Executive Officer Dr Matthews Chikaonda who is out of the country together with in-coming Group CEO Dr George Partridge, Press Cane Limited General Manager Dr Christopher Guta said PCL, as one of the biggest conglomerates in the country trading in five sectors of the economy, takes issues of HIV/AIDS seriously hence the coming together of PCL and all its subsidiaries at the event.
“From a strategic perspective, PCL Group encourages its subsidiaries to become people-centred. The Group aspired to treat its people with dignity, fairness and respect as one way of fostering an environment where people can contribute, innovate and excel.”
“The Group’s success is contingent not just on being people-centred in its approach to the human resource function. It is also contingent on how people in the group relate to each other within and across subsidiaries,” said Dr Guta.
“And that is why we meet on World Aids Day every year since this event started. We use this day to create shared understanding of how HIV and AIDS affects our business performance and how, through our common HIV and AIDS policies, which, among other things, call upon all of us to relate to each other with love and consideration despite the HIV/AIDS status of our workmates,” added Guta.
Guta said statistics recently released by UNAIDS indicate that since the beginning of the epidemic, an estimated 76 million people have been infected with the virus and as estimated 34 million people have died from AIDS.
“AIDS is a leading cause of death among women and adolescent girls of reproductive age (15-49 years) and 14 million children have been orphaned due to AIDS,” said Guta.
“Let us there in the PCL Group agree to raise our hands up for HIV prevention,” said Guta.
There were a lot of activities on the day which included health talk, HIV screening and testing, Cancer screening and testing, poems and music by Patience Namadingo among others.