Blantyre Water Board (BWB) says it has registered gains in the fight against HIV and Aids at the workplace.
BWB acting chief executive Henry Bakuwa said this yesterday at the board’s Chileka offices in Blantyre during World Aids Day commemorations.
He said the board, having recognised the importance of a healthy workforce, sets aside money to support activities aimed at fighting HIV and Aids.
“I can actually tell you that as Blantyre Water Board, in this financial year, we have set aside up to K140 million just to support such activities.
“And, as a way of ensuring that staff, who are HIV positive are respected and treated equally like each and every member of staff, we use a policy statement, put in place by the board of directors, which rules out stigmatisation and discrimination of those infected,” he said.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Kuntaja emphasised the need for fellow traditional leaders to take a leading role in the fight against HIV and Aids, saying chieftaincy is about having healthy people who can ably contribute to the development of communities.
World Aids Day is commemorated on December 1.
The 2016 World Aids campaign was launched by First Lady Gertrude Mutharika at Dedza Stadium in Dedza on December 1.