Mzuzu City Mayor Kondwani Nyasulu says the city’s development depends on the good health of its residents who can actively take part in various activities.
He said this on Friday during Mzuzu City Council World Aids Day commemoration.
“Good health is directly related to the development of any area. The city needs healthy people. Activities such as the one we have today help us to take charge of our health,” Nyasulu said.
The mayor said it was an open secret that HIV and Aids has had devastating effects in the city because the pandemic has killed productive people.
Nyasulu asked the gathering to abstain and use condoms to prevent contracting and spreading the virus.
Mzuzu District Aids Coordinating Committee chairperson Evans Mwale said HIV prevalence rate has dropped from 23.8 to 10.6 percent in the city through the support of community-based organisations and HIV support groups.
“I, therefore, advise community members and stakeholders to continue playing a role in the reduction of the spread of HIV,” he said. The activity, under the theme Communities Can Make the Difference, was sponsored by Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, the Immigration Department and the Chinese community.