Kasungu — Kasungu District held its candlelight memorial over the weekend with the District Aids Coordinator (DAC) calling upon everyone to take a leading role in the fight against HIV and Aids.
The ceremony took place at Chinkhoma Trading Centre in the district where apart from lighting candles and observing a minute of silence in respect to those who died because of the pandemic, there were also some performances by various groups that carried HIV and Aids messages.
The ceremony was commemorated under a theme, 'let's keep the light on HIV.'
The DAC Lucious Njobvu said as the theme suggested that the light should be kept on everyone is supposed to take a role in the war against HIV and Aids.
"We have to ask ourselves questions on what role we are taking in the fight against the disease.
"If we are all responsible and take a leading role definitely we will in the end reach to zero infection," said Njobvu.
He urged the people to go for an HIV test so that they know how they are in their bodies in order not to infect others or get infected.
Chairperson of Kasungu District Council Shadreck Mvula also urged the people not to backslide in the fight as development requires health people.
Guest of honour at the ceremony Traditional Authority Njombwa urged young people to go for an HIV test before they get into marriage.
"Young people before you make the decision to marry you need to know how your bodies are and it is important to go for HIV test," said the TA adding that the efforts in the fight should still continue all the time not only at events like the candlelight memorial alone.
Since Kasungu has two councils, (the district and Municipal council) the ceremonies took place concurrently with the Municipal ceremony taking place at Hannock Msokera School.