4 February 2013

Nigeria: Akwa Ibom to Partner FG in Fight Against HIV/Aids

AKWA Ibom State Government said, weekend, it would partner the Federal Government and other donor agencies to map out modalities for the production of an action plan for the current year, 2013, to properly mitigate the spread of Human-Immuno Deficiency Virus/Acquired Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the country.

The State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, who stated this during a courtesy visit on him by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammed Ali Pate, at Government House, Uyo, said HIV/AIDS has become a global issue and as such should be treated with all amount of sincerity noting that the main challenge had to do with funding and the moral behavior of the society.

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Lady Valerie Ebe, said the health sector in the State has experienced an unprecedented revolution since the advent of his administration, stressing that government has invested enormous financial resources through the Ministry of Health to revamp and restructure the sector in order to make healthcare delivery not only accessible but affordable for every Akwa Ibom person.

Akpabio expressed sadness at the level of complacency in our society and urged the Federal Government to go beyond the obvious in the campaign against the deadly disease and not to politicize it but be sincere while taking the prevalence statistics of states.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammed Ali Pate, who was accompanied by the leadership of the National Action Committee, NACA, donor agencies and other stakeholders, said that President Goodluck Jonathan was worried by the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in some states.

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