27 December 2012

Nigeria: Saca Facilitates Marriages of 24 PLWA in Katsina

The Katsina State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA) facilitated 24 marriages of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWA) in six local government areas of the state this year, an official has said.

Alhaji Rabe Yusuf, Daura, Zonal Coordinator of the committee, told newsmen on Thursday in Daura, that the 24 couples were now happily living in their matrimonial homes in Daura, Mai'adua, Sandamu, Zango, Baure and Dutsi LGAs.

He commended the effort of the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar for donating N20,000 monthly to the association of PLWA in the emirate.

The coordinator noted that HIV prevalence in the zone had drastically reduced due to continuous enlightenment campaigns.

According to him, five HIV and AIDS testing centres have been established in the zone, which transferred infected persons to the hospital in Daura for treatment.

Yusuf appealed to the state government to direct local governments to reactivate Local Government Action Committee on AIDS, for grassroots management of HIV.

He urged the people in the zone to avoid stimatising the infected.

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