The State government has assured of its commitment towards the fight against morbidity and mortality occasioned by HIV/AIDS and other endemic diseases in the State.
The Commissioner for Health Dr., Joe Osuji who stated this during the Maiden Inter-Agency Stakeholders meeting of Caritas Nigeria and relevant Agencies held at Michael Okpara Auditorium, stressed the urgent need to overcome the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDs.
Dr. Osuji opined that the State Government is committed to working with relevant Agencies in achieving HIV/AIDs awareness and control, stressing that the journey to curtail the spread of HIV in the State began years ago, while commending Caritas Nigeria for partnering the State in the fight against the scourge.
In their remarks, the State Program Implementation Unit Team Leader, Lady Maria Okeh and the Project Manager, (ABSACA), Dr. Okechukwu Ehemere, thanked Governor Ikpeazu for his doggedness towards curtailing endemic diseases in the State and commended the initiative of kicking off 2023 sustainability plan of reaching the unreached population in the State towards reducing HIV prevalence below the National level.
In their separate speeches, the Associate Director of Caritas Nigeria, Dr. Olayiwola Lanre and Executive Secretary, The Rev. Fr. Uchechukwu Obodoechina who stated that Abia among other States have been core beneficiaries of NACA since 2015, stated that their mission is to work with the government and citizens towards achieving maximum HIV testing services, noting that the exercise will commence in the State in October this year.
Correspondent John Nmeregini, reports that the Event featured Question and Answer session among others.