Top news items in major Zambia media outlets

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LUSAKA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The following are news highlights in Zambia's major media outlets on Saturday.

-- Zambia has a shortfall of doctors with only about 4,700 registered against a population of 17 million people.

Boniface Kawimbe, Head of Clinical Sciences at the Copperbelt University said bridging the gap would take about 40 years, a situation that has forced the government to open up more medical schools. (Times of Zambia)

-- About 200 trucks are marooned on the Zambian of a border entry with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following an impasse between clearing agents and authorities in DRC.

The trucks have been marooned at Kipushi international border for over three weeks while a meeting between authorities from the two countries has failed to take off. (Zambia Daily Mail)

-- Zambian President Edgar Lungu has handed over chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Security and Defense to hiss Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The Zambian leader, who handed the chairman at the 39th Summit of Heads of State and Government in Tanzania, thanked all member countries for the support they rendered to him during his tenure. (Daily Nation)

-- The United States government has advised Zambians to test and know their HIV status and make the virus epidemic controlled in the country.

Daniel Foote, U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, said during the launch of a counseling, testing and treatment campaign that leaders should be in the forefront to publicly do their HIV tests in order to encourage citizens. (The Mast) Enditem

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