Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike yesterday says it is committed to tackling challenges of discrimination and stigmatization of persons living with HIV/AIDs through behaviour change that would promote community intervention and participation.
Governor Wike stated this during a programme with the theme: “Getting to Zero, Ending Aids in Nigeria by the year 2030” held at Isiokpo, the headquarters of in Ikwerre Local Government Council.
Governor Wike who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo said it has become necessary to change the behaviour of the people as the main drivers of the HIV/AIDs scourge by collaborating to end dental, stigmatization, unsafe sexual behaviour and ignorance.
He stated that the State AIDs/STI Control Programme in conjunction with the supporting partners have already embarked on massive voluntary community testing campaigns in the 23 Local Government Areas of the State to “Fast Track Targets of 90-90-90.”
Governor Wike said the event underscores the successes of various preventive interventions globally and the possibility of significantly reducing the occurrence of new infections to near zero.
He called on all and sundry to join hands with the State Government in the fight against HIV/AIDs in the State and also avail themselves of the opportunity of knowing their status through the free test programme.
“Let us collaboratively remain steadfast and resolute in the pursuit of zero new infections to reach a future generation free of HIV/AIDs”, the Governor said while encouraging all pregnant women to register at the health facility nearest to them to prevent mother to child transmission.”