OGUN State Government said its agency is working assiduously to contain the spread of Human Immuno Deficiency Virus/Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, HIV/AIDS.
The state has been reported to have the highest number of the virus.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, made this known at a press briefing organized by the Ogun State Agency for the Control of AIDS, OGSACA, in commemoration of the 2020 World AIDS Day with the theme ‘United to End AIDS in the Midst of COVID-19’, held in Abeokuta.
Coker, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Hospital Management Board, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro, said the state has stepped up developmental plans and is implementing some prevention programmes in centres across the state to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS.
She added that the programmes were targeted at populations at risk, disseminating educational resources and messages on HIV risks and prevention, saying educating health professionals about evidence-based HIV prevention strategies is also imperative.
Coker emphasized on the need to be resilient to fight against laws that codify stigma, discrimination and criminalization that restrict gender equality and access to human rights-based response.
She lauded the wife of the governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, for her support to People Living with HIV, PLWHIV, by giving them palliatives during the COVID-19 lockdown.
She also assured that vigorous campaigns would be taken to every nook and cranny of the state including riverine areas.
The Executive Secretary, OGSACA, Dr. Kehinde Fatungase, hinted that poverty, low literacy level, stigma, discrimination, low political will, low use of condoms and risky sexual behaviour majorly contribute to the increase of HIV in the state.