By SANDRA MACHIMA
CHISAMBA Town Council is ready to work closely with cooperating partners to ensure all programmes aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS are implemented, public relations officer Nancy Chenga has said.
Ms Chenga said to support the programmes, the council had embarked on a sensitisation campaign to raise awareness on health-related issues in the communities.
She said Chisamba Town Council through the office of the District AIDS Coordination Advisor has distributed 8,640 male condoms within the district.
She cited night clubs, Chisamba town centre, trucking bays, Palm zone Bar and Mubalene an illegal settlement harbouring mainly farm workers and where selling of alcohol was the main business venture.
“We are doing all this in order to help mitigate the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Despite women in many of the places demanding for female condoms, our team managed to convince them and explained the most important message which was to take care of their lives, use condoms if sexually active and check their HIV status at the nearest Health Centre,” she said.
Ms. Chenga said the local authority was concerned with mushrooming alcohol selling points in the district.
She advised all liquor trading points to register and acquire licences from with the council as stipulated by the Liquor licencing Act of no.20 of 2011 failure to which the local authority would not hesitate to shut down such premises.