By GIDEON NYENDWA
THERE are homosexuals in Zambia and it is the reality we must accept and find means of curing it, Health Minister Silvia Masebo has said.
Ms Masebo says Zambians should agree that homosexuality was real in Zambia and that those involved were vulnerable people who should not be discriminated against but should be treated for their sexual orientation.
Ms Masebo says ending HIV/AIDS was not an easy undertaking because of some of the issues that were not just against the constitution but also against the bible.
She said Zambia should be able to face the reality and confront the presence of homosexuality in the country without any form of stigmatization
Ms Masebo said this country had to agree that there were homosexuals in Zambia and these were vulnerable groups that need treatment and it was no right to segregate against them because they had to be treated.
She said it was the responsivity of doctors and nurses in the health sector to ensure vulnerable groups such as homosexuals had access medical services.
“…and when people hear that the Patriotic Front put up a clinic for homosexuals at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), the issue should not become political because this country needed to be honest with itself and face the reality. We need to be honest with ourselves and face thing the way they are if we were to end AIDS,” Ms Masebo said.
She said this during the commemorations of the world AIDS day in Lusaka yesterday.