Zambia suspends collection of blood for HIV survey assessment after resistance from citizens

The Zambian government on Friday suspended an exercise collect blood samples from citizens for an HIV assessment project after it received resistance from citizens.

The Ministry of Health sent out its staff around some residential areas for a pilot phase assessment of the Zambia population- HIV Assessment Survey.

But the health staff faced resistance due 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.

Chitalu Chilufya said the field work has been temporarily suspended and will only commerce when the security situation improves.

He said in a in parliament the survey was harmless and only meant assess progress in HIV programming.

The government, he said, will engage various stakeholders to conducts sensitisation programmes before the commencement of the exercise.

According to him, Zambia was one of the nations where the survey is being conducted and the findings will be announced at the Assembly in September this year. (Xinhua/NAN)