By Chris Chimezie
Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ODSACA) has called for sustained proactive and multifaceted participation of all shareholders to bring an end to the menace of HIV /AIDS in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman, ODSACA, Dr. Aderotimi Adelola made this known during the 2016 Semester Bi – Annual State Agency for the Control of AIDS/Local Action Committee on AIDS and stakeholders (SACA/LACA/CSOs/LM) meeting held in Akure, yesterday.
He said the achievements of the present administration cannot be over-emphasised as the various HIV interventions implemented have brought down the state HIV prevalence rate from 2.3% to 1.6%, which is below the National HIV prevalence of 3.0%.
Adelola attributed this to result of intelligent efforts by all the HIV stakeholders in the state, stressing that the meeting is necessary to acquaint them with HIV/AIDS Vision 20-20-20 and to share information, experiences and best practices.
He noted that it is also an opportunity to share ideas in the fight against HIV/AIDS using vision 20-20-20 new strategy in the state, adding that it is a clear indication of the state’s commitment towards eradicating the dreaded disease.
The Chief Scribe who appreciated the Ondo State House of Assembly, Line Ministries, Health workers, Civil Societies, the Press and all stakeholders, particularly the State Governor, for his strong political will to stem out HIV virus, provision of sustainable and high technology medical equipment which include but not limited to Heamotology Analyzers, Chemical Chemistry Analyzers and CD4 machine to provide care and support for people living with HIV virus in Ondo State, maintained that the government will continue to do everything possible to put HIV/AIDS at zero per cent prevalence rate in the state.
Corroborating his view, the Project Manager, ODSACA, Dr. Dayo Adegbulu, described the HIV scourge as a collective challenge that requires a collective responsibility to stem down.
He appealed to the stakeholders to strengthen the relationship among them in order to record a laudable and balanced result in the nearest future.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman, House Committee on MDGs, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Tuyi Adetimehin, urged as many states that are yet to pass the anti-stigmatization bill to ensure it is done quickly in order to gain a structure and legal document to coordinate HIV/AIDS response of reducing new infections, provide equitable care and mitigate the impact of the infection.