The Ministry of Health and Child Care says abstinence is the only solution to curbing HIV and AIDS and shaping future generations.

This comes as the nation commemorates the Day of the African Child.

Every child has a right to health as stipulated in the sustainable development goals.

With the existence of this right, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said his ministry encourages children to discuss reproductive health issues with their parents.

There has been a debate on the distribution of condoms to school children and the argument has been that it encourages promiscuity among children.

“Anyone can access condoms or tablets but children must discuss with their parents on reproductive health. We encourage abstinence and not the use of contraceptives by our children,” Dr Moyo said.

On issues of child abuse, Home Affairs Ministry said the police must prioritise children’s issues at all police stations.

“We encourage children to report cases to the police and if they are not happy they must approach officer in charge to ensure their issues are resolved,” said the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Cde Mike Madiro.

UNICEF country representative Ms Laylee Moshiri said her organisation is committed to continued partnership for the good of future generations.

“We look forward to working with you to achieve the agenda for this year. We also look forward to increased participation of girls in child Parliament,” she said.

The Day of the African Child is celebrated on the 16th of June in commemoration of the 1976 Soweto uprising in South Africa where children stood for their rights and fought to emancipate themselves from discrimination.