Traditional Authority (T/A) Likoswe of Chiradzulu has urged people in the district to go for voluntary HIV testing to know their status.
The chief made the appeal last week at Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) Mikolongwe Vocation School in the district where Tithandizane Supporting Group, a community-based organisation from group village head Mataka, organised a luncheon.
During the event, the group also showcased what it is doing to support people living with HIV and Aids.
In his speech, the T/A observed that the district has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the country.
He said: “I am appealing to people in the district and the nation as whole to go for HIV testing. Knowing your status is important because you plan when to get medication and do developmental activities.”
Likoswe commended the group for the charity work it is doing, especially targeting people living with the disease in the district.
The group’s chairperson Ethel Payera thanked well-wishers for their support to deal with the challenges they are facing.
The group, which started in 2016, is taking care of 25 children who are either living with HIV and Aids or thier parents died of the disease. n