Ibadan — The Oyo State government is seeking the collaboration of the public to eradicate HIV/AIDS in the state.
To this end, the state's Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has charged all stakeholders to join hands with the state government in combating stigmatization and discrimination of HIV/AIDS patients.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in charge of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Oluwafemi Akanmu, gave the charge during the inter-schools' debate organized by Aids Prevention Initiative of Nigeria (APIN).
According to the commissioner, the diagnosis and treatment for HIV and AIDS is free in government established health centers in the state.
Dr. Gbadegesin said the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Aids Prevention Initiative of Nigeria (APIN) is in the process of scaling up HIV counselling and testing services in all the 33 local government areas of the state.