Zimbabwe has joined the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day which is celebrated globally every year on the 1st of December to try and eliminate the disease.
In his National address last night, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the government of Zimbabwe will continue to address the challenges that the country is facing of acquiring ARVs.
“My government remains committed to addressing the challenges we have faced related to the availability of foreign currency for the purchase of antiretroviral therapy medications.
“I want to assure all people living with HIV that my government will continue to prioritise allocation of foreign currency for the purchase of ARVs, related medical commodities and medications for the health of our people.” The President said.
This year’s theme is: Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.
Meanwhile, MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa posted on his twitter handle the importance of joining in solidarity and fight against HIV AIDS.
“On this day, every year, it’s about joining hands and minds..to fight and attain an AIDS-free healthy tomorrow. HIV is a menace. Refuse to give power to a virus. Give power to life. Health is a human right, universal health access an entitlement for all citizens.” He said.
United Nations in a statement said “Globally, 12.6 million people living with HIV still don’t have access to treatment, and Covid-19 is exacerbating the challenges they face.” and “globally, there are 38 million people living with HIV & 67% of them live in Africa.”