By Ogar Monday
The Cross River State Government has reiterated its commitment to eradicate HIV/AIDS in the State as well as support victims and champion educational programs against the spread of the dreaded virus.
The State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade gave this assurance Monday morning while during the walk to mark the 2015 worlds HIV/AIDS Day at the Zoo Garden, in the State capital, Calabar.
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor of the State Prof. Ivara Esu said that the current administration will continue the good works the last administration started.
“As past administrations have always done, the current administration will not relent on its effort on creating awareness on the virus, break myths, encourage healthy sexual lifestyles and promote regular HIV screening as well as generating greater demand and utilization of available HIV services.
“We are of the fervent hope that in collaboration with the Presidency, we shall ensure that AIDS ends in 2030 through various method such as increasing the knowledge of HIV prevention among the general populace, through mass enlightenment on HIV prevention, promote the use of condoms, provide referrals on STI’s, HIV and AIDS services, as well as saturating the State with viable prevention of mother to child transmission, among other services”, he said.
The Governor further frowned at those who are still discriminating against those living with the virus, saying that “it is totally unacceptable. It is for this reason that the 2015 World AIDS
Day is also focusing on discrimination”.
The governor ended by beckoning all and sundry to be actively involved in ensuring a drastic decline in discrimination.
The event featured a brisk walk and goodwill messages from, FHI 360, Society For Family Health, Health Finance and Governance, CISHAN and CRINEPWAN.
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