Livingstone, Zambia: A HIV positive group has accused Batoka hospital's antiretroviral clinic of failing to properly support people living with HIV, especially young people.
Livingstone, Zambia: A HIV positive group has accused Batoka hospital’s antiretroviral clinic of failing to properly support people living with HIV, especially young people.
Bernard Banda, chairperson for Tujatane HIV Support Group in Livingstone, said: “Clinics are not user friendly. To assist children [living with HIV] we have formed an adolescents’ group to help about 280 adolescents and children…as it is not easy for them to come out in the open because of fear of stigmatisation.
“At Batoka’s medical clinic and Centre of Excellency there seems to be no proper support.
“We felt that the medical clinic where people who are living positively receive their ARVs has a problem as people queue up for medications,” Banda said.
Banda appealed to the government to help his group relieve the sufferings of people living with HIV.
Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary Joseph Akafumba, who was guest of honour at a fundraising function held on December 22, said the Patriotic Front (PF) government will work closely with non-governmental organisations in relation to HIV.
Akafumba also donated K1. 5 million (US$150) to the Tujatane group, which is aiming to raise a minimum of US$400 to assist the medical clinic at Batoka Hospital and its children’s ward.
“Your club is very important. I can’t find better words to fit this occasion, and because of the efforts are very important to society I’m going to donate K1.5 to you; though very little it can go a long way to help. The PF government is prepared to work with NGOs that intend to save humanity. To save humanity we need to work together,” Akafumba said.
He added it was pleasing to note that the club has created nine support groups to assist clinics.
Nathan Nhlane, who is the national coordinator of the Zambian National Antiretroviral Support Programme, said he was pleased with the unity of people living with HIV and AIDS in Livingstone.