ity bus operators cry for VCT centre at their premises

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Bus operators at Lusaka’s intercity bus terminus have appealed to relevant authorities to consider mounting a Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) centre at the station.

 

The operators said the bus station is a sex den especially during night time.

 

This came to light during an Ebola and HIV/AIDS sensitization programme organised by the Lusaka Provincial Administration, Ministry of Health and other stakeholders yesterday.

 

This is in a bid to reach out to the people operating at the bus terminus.

 

The bus operators took time to get tested for HIV as well as being informed on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.  

 

And Lusaka Province HIV/AIDS Coordinating Advisor Eunice Masi said stakeholders targeted the bus terminus as operators are usually busy trying to make ends meet hence it is difficult for them to find time to go and get tested.

 

Kays Motorways employee Zimba said the buses at the station are usually turned into beds by many people, a situation he said is contributing to the increase of HIV/AIDS.

 

Meanwhile, Latkings Outreach Programme Councillor Amon Phiri said there is need for more sensitization on the use of female condoms.

 

He explained that female condoms have been stigmatized despite government spending colossal sums of money to purchase them.

 

ZANIS /ENDS/HB/MCM………….PIX