KWARA State Deputy Governor and Chairman, State AIDS Control Agency, KWASACA, Mr. Kayode Alabi, has called for improved efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and COVID-19, describing the two global pandemics, caused by two dreaded viruses, as capable of ending mankind if not curbed.

Speaking at a press conference to mark the 2020 World AIDS Day in Ilorin, yesterday, the KWASACA chairman said gains of the past in the fight against HIV/AIDS had suffered setbacks with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘United to end AIDS in the midst of COVID-19,’ Mr. Alabi said the state government must not relent in the fight against the disease.

“We are more determined than ever to end both scourges with the partnership with implementing partners.

“In the face of COVID-19, access of people living with HIV to antiretroviral drugs in our health facilities had been limited as entry into these facilities were minimized, especially during the period of the lockdown. Also, perceived fear of contracting COVID-19 further reduced people’s willingness to access care at health facilities across the state,” he said.

The Project Manager of KWASACA, Dr. Seleem Alabi, said the present administration paid a counterpart fund of N30 million in 2019 out of the N60 million owed on disease control.