The Zambian government on Friday suspended an exercise to collect blood samples from citizens for an HIV assessment project after it received resistance from citizens.
But the health staff faced resistance due to the current security situation where people’s homes and public institutions were gassed and has instilled fear in citizens.
The security situation is tense after unknown people started gassing people’s home and the public started killing people suspected of behind the gassing.
Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the field work has been temporarily suspended and will only commerce when the security situation improves.
The government, he said, will engage various stakeholders to conducts sensitisation programmes before the commencement of the exercise.