The matter in which UPND president Hakainde Hichilema's Security Chief William Banda, Deputy Press Assistant Brian Mwiinga, UPND Youth National Chairperson Gilbert Liswaniso and others charged with obstructing arrest of the opposition leader on 10th April has been adjourned to 4 th September 2017. And one of the accused David Mwanza was not present in court as was unwell, seeking medical attention. [ 87 more words ]
The Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, the Department for International Development (DFID) and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) have partnered in putting up 15 water kiosks and 14 communal taps through the Misisi Water Supply Improvement Project. The project has taken close to a year to be completed. People of Misisi, one of the compounds with the worst record of poor access to clean water and sanitation, have finally seen light at the end of the tunnel. [ 259 more words ]
Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) leader Sean Enock Tembo strongly opposes the proposed funding model for political parties, which in its current form, he said seeks to only fund political parties that have Parliamentary representation. Tembo said after reviewing the 2017 Draft Bill for Political Parties that the current proposed model would only benefit the two largest political parties, being the Patriotic Front(PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND), to the detriment of other upcoming and more progressive political parties. [ 215 more words ]
Tumfweko in Pretoria, South Africa.Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 12:37pm
No U-turn on HIV Policy- Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya.
Pretoria- Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Zambia has not u-turned on the recently cabinet-approved HIV universal routine, testing, counseling and treatment policy(HTCT).
Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has said that government has implemented a major shift from the earlier passive policy of Voluntary Counselling and Testing(VCT).
Speaking in Pretoria when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr. Chilufya said it was misleading for the media to report that the newly approved policy was amended or abandoned.
He said the new policy was within the approved World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations on HIV/AIDS(UNAIDS) treatment guidelines.
He urged Zambians to support the political will demonstrated from the highest level of government which has provided an opportunity for the country to reduce new HIV infections.
He said the universal routine testing,counseling, and treatment (HTCT), will help drive down new infection and improve the health and life of those living with HIV/AIDS.
He also announced that government would provide self testing kits to schools, colleges, work places and other public places to encourage people to know their status.
He said that the health provider-initiated testing, counseling and treatment (PITT) and diagnostic counseling testing provided the basis for the new policy and were approved by WHO and international guidelines.
He said for those persons who will self-test, health facilities will be on hand to offer counselling, confirmatory testing and treatment after persons have found out their HIV status.
He also dispelled allegations that the new policy infringed on human rights insisting that the right to life was fundamental and the universal routine testing,counselling and treatment (HTCT) complied with new approaches and new international treatment guidelines approved WHO and UNAIDS.
He said that it was imperative that Zambia continued to fight the HIV/AIDS endemic as the country had lost to the disease, one million people since 1984.
He said the prevalence rate was 11.6% with 1.2million people living with HIV.
He said government was extremely concerned at the rate of new infection that's stood at 46,000 per year.
He said although this was a reduction from the 71,000 new infection from a few year ago, there was an urgent call to action as the highest number of people being infected were ranging from the age 15-24yrs, as revealed by a survey of the Zambia Population-base HIV/AIDS Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA).
He also disclosed that upto 81% of deaths at the University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) were HIV/AIDS related.
The new guidelines will avert and protect from progressing from HIV to AIDS thereby reducing hospital admission, mortality and reduce the burden and costs on the health system.
He said that government was concerned that such a critical and active component of the population, remained vulnerable and posed a risk to escalating new infections.
He said universal routine testing counseling and treatment has worked well in pregnant mothers were the uptake was 100% and the infection rate to newly born babies had dropped from over 10% to less than 3% almost eliminating the mother -to-child transmissions.
He says this similar policy had worked well in Tuberclosis treatment regime and children's hospital.
First Secretary for Press
Zambian High Commission
Tumfweko with Tevin Tevido Mweetwa and 7 others in Lusaka, Zambia.Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 12:18pm
UNCLE T RECEIVES EUROPEAN VISITORS AT HIS PUB IN KABWATA .
....we are here to taste the famous cups .
Kabwata former KCC which houses UNCLE Ts Dallas city pub was hyped up this weekend when It received special visitors from The United Kingdom .
"We have been seeing this on social media , people talking about the Coctail's which are now famously know as Chi Cup , so my family and I decided to come and have a taste of these cups , and I must confess these are extremely nice and taste real good " Edward Sunderland said .
The Proprietor of Dallas City pub Trevor Ngandu popularly known as UNCLE T thanked the visitors for taking time to support him and his business .
"With your support , we shall continue to give back to the under privilege , we are grateful for your support and for the support we have continued to receive from everyone who takes time to come stop by Dallas city pub each day , my Wife and I are extremely humbled and we thank God for all this" he said .
UNCLE Ts Dallas city pub has become very popular among many Lusaka residents for its affordable coctail popularly known as CHI CUP which sales at only k10.