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HIV: Anambra govt decries stigmatization in state

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The Anambra State Health Commissioner, Dr. Vincent Ogochukwu Okpala, has expressed concern about the stigmatization of HIV / AIDS patients in the State.

Okpara urged members of the public to stop stigmatizing people living with HIV and AIDS, saying that today the disease can be described as the easiest to manage.

Dr. Okpala, who was addressing journalists in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka, said: “Statistically speaking, you are more likely to die from a disease other than HIV / AIDS because medications are improving and people live longer. ”

The commissioner said more awareness program was needed in the State and the country in general to control the spread of the virus.

He noted that, in 1998, Anambra had a treatment center, but currently the State had about 98 centers for the control of the virus and has fulfilled its functions well through the collaboration of the State Ministry of Health with the State Agency of Anambra for AIDS Control. ANSA

The commissioner explained that “in Nigeria as a whole, one of the main objectives is to achieve” zero infection,” but no state in the country has yet been able to achieve it.”

Dr. Okpala urged the public always to undergo tests, which he said would help victims receive adequate treatment at established centers.

He praised partners like the UN and others who had contributed to fighting the war against HIV / AIDS.

The commissioner praised Governor Willie Obiano for approving the creation of more centers that provide treatments for people living with the virus.