1 December 2012

Nigeria: Kebbi Govt Pledges Support for HIV/Aids Eradication Efforts

The Kebbi Government has pledged full support for efforts to eradicate HIV and AIDS in the state.

Alhaji Nurudeen Kangiwa, the Secretary to the State Government, gave the assurance in Birnin Kebbi on Friday, while addressing journalists on the World AIDS Day celebration.

Kangiwa, who is also the Chairman of Kebbi State Agency for the Control of AIDS (KBSACA), urged faith-based and civil society organisations as well as local government councils to collaborate with the government in efforts to stamp out the disease.

"This administration will ensure that the disease is wiped out, in line with the theme of the World Aids Day: 'Getting to Zero'."

Kangiwa said that the state government would focus its attention on how to ensure the sustainability of the finance of HIV and AIDS programmes, with greater emphasis on expanding the people's access to treatment.

Dr Shehu Kalgo, the Executive Director of KBSACA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the campaign against the disease would be held in places of worship, public meeting points and council parks.

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