Kwara Govt To Leverage On Research To Curb Spread Of HIV
2 December 2017 News
Kwara State government says it is ready to leverage on research and proven scientific methods to mitigate the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV in the state.
Deputy Governor of the State, Elder Peter Kishra stated this at a news briefing to commemorate this year World Aids Day, in Ilorin.
Elder Kishra said the state had identified the need to invest more in research to curb spread of the virus in view of the fact that the state share many local and international boundaries among other peculiarities.
While explaining that the state government had been relentless in combating the scourge of HIV infection amongst its people, Elder Kishra expressed commitment of the government to make Kwara HIV free by the year 2030.
The deputy governor who is the Chairman, Kwara State AIDS Control Agency said the state had over the years engaged in farming activity with the aim of providing dietary supplement to people living with the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
He explained that celebration of the day was to unite in the fight against HIV scourge, raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and review the progress of the state in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Also speaking, the Project Manager and Executive Secretary, Kwara State AIDS Control Agency, Doctor Selim Alabi said the agency was collaborating with relevant ministries and agencies to raise awareness and improve the living conditions of the People Living with HIV/AIDS.
Doctor Alabi who said that 2014 year data showed that the state has about seventy-five thousand cases which represents two point three percent, noted that the country is due for another survey to ascertain current prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
The State Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Sulayman Alege and his Information and Communications counterpart, Alhaji Mahmoud Ajeigbe explained that about thirty four million naira had been released by the state government for procurement of test kits and consumables to health facilities.
Correspondent Lawrence Afolabi reports that the commissioners assured people of the state that the government would continue to partner Non governmental organisations in raising awareness with a view to reducing the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the State.