Youth delinquency in Western Province worries Nalishebo
By Staff Reporter
WESTERN Province HIV/AIDS Coordination Advisor Yaliwe Nalishebo has expressed sadness over the high number of youths patronising bars and night clubs in Mongu district.
Nalishebo, during the recently held health indaba in Senanga, noted that the tendency by youths to patronize night clubs was posing a challenge to the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic which had already reached alarming levels in the province.
She said even though the Baroste traditional leaders had agreed to supplement government efforts in the fight against the pandemic by making sure that the youths do not patronize bars and night clubs, parents and guardians were also responsible to monitor their children’s movements.
“The challenge is so huge that it cannot be left to our chiefs alone. Everyone needs to get involved including the parents,” she said.
She noted that the youths as young as 15 years old were patronising night clubs instead of being in school, adding that the trend had now become rampant.
“Some school going children are in the habit of patronizing night clubs and some night club owners do nothing about it,” Nalishebo added.
Nalishebo further revealed that Ministry of Health was carrying out sensitization campaigns on behavioural change targeting the youths aged between 15 and 25 since they were the most affected age group in terms of HIV and AIDS in the province.