We cannot afford complacency with HIV: Mbumba

20 Jun 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JUN (NAMPA) – Vice President Nangolo Mbumba said, even though there are reports on the decline of Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV) in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), people should keep fighting the epidemic.
Mbumba made these remarks on Thursday at the SADC Meeting of Ministers of Health and Ministers Responsible for HIV held under the theme ‘Our pathway to sustained HIV epidemic control.'
He said the fight can never be over until Namibia, SADC and the world at large has achieved zero new infections, zero AIDS related deaths, stigma and discrimination has been eliminated completely.
“As we know, complacency will be too heavy a price to pay as the continued increase in new HIV/AIDS infections will have undesirable social and economic implications for the region. Despite the good progress made, much more needs to be done as our gains remain fragile and reversible,” said Mbumba.
He argued that the region needs to prepare itself in mobilizing for resources that can help it develop solutions that can last forever and pave the way to sustained and successful HIV epidemic control that can end AIDS as a public health threat and achieve vision 2030’s goal of zero HIV in the region.