The Treatment Guidelines to improve the healthcare of people living with HIV/AIDs in the country is to be updated.
The National Consultant World Health Organization, WHO Mr. Adeolu Adebiyi made this known in Abuja at the 2019 candle light memorial of Network of People living with HIV and AIDs in Nigeria.
The National Guidelines for HIV Prevention Treatment and Care is a document that provides general and specific guidance for the prevention and treatment of HIV Infection using a broad range of interventions.
The guidelines are also the product of extensive cross-sectoral collaboration involving government, bilateral and multilateral organizations, civil society and the academia.
According to the National consultant of WHO the update of the Treatment guideline became necessary to enable victims have access to health care.
He advised every Nigerians to support the victims to live more healthy lives.
“You are better equipped and inform that HIV and AIDS is no longer a death sentence in this era, every body have the responsibilities of support the people living with the endemic to live a healthy life”.
In a message, the Director General, National Agency for the control of AIDS, NACA Dr. Gambo Aliyu said the agency is working in collaboration with relevant authorities towards the launch of AIDS trust fund.
Also, the representative of a non governmental organisation FHI360 Dr. Chidubem Momoh said her organization would not relent in it’s efforts to ensure the eradication of the disease.
In a remark the National Coordinator of Network of people living with HIVAIDS in Nigeria, Mr. Abdulkadir Ibrahim who said stigmatization and discrimination had been a major barrier for people to access drugs for government and development partners to work on policies that would promote quality of healthcare.
Highlight of the event, was post humus award to the family of late secretary of the board of trustees of NETWORK of people living with HIV and AIDS of Nigeria, Hajia Jamilu Yakubu Ibrahim.
The International candle light memorial is an annual event which serves as important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma, discrimination and giving hope to the new generation.