Likoma Police Station officers on Friday acquired some skills on HIV/Aids prevention to help fight the pandemic.
Speaking during the sensitisation meeting the Officer-In-Charge for Likoma Police Station, Assistant Superintendent Active Mkandawire said police officers are very prone to contracting the virus due to the nature of their job.
He said: “Police officers usually handle fatal road accidents, murder, assault cases and so on and it is imperative that they are drilled in the prevention measures to keep the virus at bay.”
He then appealed to the officers to refrain from engaging in promiscuous behaviour to avoid being infected with the virus.
Speaking earlier, the police station HIV/ Aids coordinator, Sub-Inspector Michael Kang’oma said the station will continue implementing the policy at work place adding that the knowledge and skills will help them prevent the deadly pandemic.
Speaking in separate interview, Likoma health official, Dan Munthali who was also one of the facilitators applauded the law enforcers for the initiative saying it will help the police officers and their spouses from contracting the deadly virus. Munthali finally urged the police officers to go for testing so that they should know their status.
Among other topics that were covered during the training includes Health testing and counselling, prevention from mother to child transmission and importance of taking ARV’s among others.
By Kondwani Kandiado