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AIDs prevalence drops from 5.8% to 1.4% in Kogi, says Commissioner

The Commissioner For Women Affairs and Social Development, said that prevalence of Aids has reduced from 5.8% to 1.4% due to sensitization and care.

This was said on the occasion of interactive meeting with stakeholders on HIV/Aids on Wednesday in the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Lokoja.

Hajia Berikisu Momoh the commissioner said the aim objective of the meeting is to inprove access to care and support of women and children infected with this disease using the right approach.

She said the meeting will also afford the opportunity to achieve a well coordinated response creating a database information where the Ministry will be able to collaborate with relevants NGOs and also make referral on HIV counseling and testing and give care and support to target audience.

Commissioner said the highlights of the achievements of the ministry includes, participation in World’s AIDs Day celebration, Free registration waiver for HIV support groups, Educational support to children orphaned by HIV/AIDs, meeting the HIV support groups, Economic Empowerment and home base care.

“I want to assure you that the Ministry is ever ready to collaborate with KOSACA in supporting women and children that are HIV positive through prevention, care and support,” she said.

She thanked the State Governor, Captain Idris Wada and his wife Hajia Halima Wada for being a good father and mother to the orphans and that God will always bless and protect them.

Mrs Roseline Alabi the Director for HIV/AIDs encouraged the people living with the Disease not to give up on themselves and she asked them to always take their drugs, because that is the only thing that can prevent them from untimely death.

She thanked the Commissioner and the permanent Secretary for being a good mother of the ministry and for always assisting people with the disease.

Representative of Sustainable Mechanisms for Improving Livelihoods and Household Empowerment (SMILE) Mr Godwin Agia said HIV is one of the most dominant cause of orphanage children because parents that are positive are dead and no one to care for the Children.

He encouraged people with the disease to come out and say it so that they will under go treatment and people will care for them, before they die.