By Brian Wasili
Mwanza, December 14, Mana: Renowned musician, Katerere Ching’oma has encouraged the youth in the country to go for HIV testing for them to know their status so that they can make informed decisions for their life.
Ching’oma made the appeal during District Aids Day Commemorations at Chimbwinda Primary School Football Grounds in the area of Group Village Head Njanjama in Mwanza on Wednesday.
“As the largest proportion of Malawi’s population constitutes young people, the virus could easily be prevented if they all knew their HIV status.
“It is because those who are found negative could not want to contract the virus while those who could be found positive could avoid getting more viruses, subsequently the pandemic could have been combated in the country,” explained Ching’oma.
Ching’oma who entertained the audience at the function with his music, spiced up with HIV prevention messages, also cautioned fellow musicians against being reckless to avoid getting HIV.
“It is good to be a celebrity but that should not be a warrant for us not to control ourselves from temptations that can lead us to contracting HIV,” said Ching’oma.
He then urged all the youth and musicians to be responsible for themselves so that they don’t contract the virus that causes Aids.
Chairperson for Mwanza District Council, Lloyd Ghocho called for concerted effort from all stakeholders in the district for the fight against HIV to be successful.
“The council needs support from partners in the district for activities such as World Aids Day Commemoration to take place,” said Ghocho.
He then hailed stakeholders in Mwanza for the support rendered towards this year’s District Aids Day Commemoration in the district whose HIV prevalence rate is at 9.7 percent, according to the District Aids Coordinator’s office.
During the function HIV blood testing, songs, drama and exhibitions of herbs that help people with HIV to boost their immunity were some of the activities that were showcased at the venue.
This year’s theme is: “HIV self testing is possible, know your status,” which was also commemorated at national level at Jenda in Mzimba on December 1.