MAPUTO, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Health authorities said that 60,000 people are known to be infected by the killer disease AIDS in the northwestern Mozambican province of Tet.
The Mozambique Television (TVM) said Saturday that people don't use condoms during their sexual intercorse, thus ignoring calls for protection.
"We must continue to look at prevention, rather than cure," said provincial health director in Tete Luisa Cumbe, quoted by the TVM.
Most of the victims of the pandemic are young people aged between 15 and 45, Cumbe told the national broadcaster.
"It is a terrible situation," she said, Tete borders Malawi, one of the Southern African nations with high rate of HIV infection. The Mozambican capital and Sofala are the most hit by the killer disease.
According to statistics, the infection rate stands at 14.6 percent, and more than a million people have died of AIDS in Mozambique since it was discovered in 1986.
The government has called for the use of dramas, theater, songs, among others in mother tongue as a means in addressing the disease.