FG restates commitment towards eliminating HIV/AIDS

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The Federal government said in order to achieve the goal of Elimination of Mother To Child Transmisison , at least 90% of HIV infected women must have access to comprehensive Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services, including anti retroviral drugs during pregnancy , labour , delivery , and breastfeeding period.

While stating that meeting the 90:90:90 global target will aid in strengthening and coordination of the health sector in response for effective HIV service delivery.

Speaking at a two day media dialogue on Prevention of Mother to child transmission organised by UNICEF in collaboration with Child ‘s Right Information Bureau.

The Assistant Director, National Aids and STI Control Programme, Dr Gbenga Ijaodola disclosed that over One million people are receiving HIV treatment in Nigeria, as at December 2017.

He further spoke on the need to leverage on the existing functional  system to achieve result at the states level.

“We need to empower the State control programme to empower them for effective coordination of HIV treatment programme interaction. 

In the same vein, he charged media practitioners to use their platform to create awareness , while at the same time, end all forms of stigmatization with people living with HIV/Aids.

In the same vein, a Media Consultant , and member of JAPIN, Mr Onche Odeh charged media practitioners to write concise stories and not stigmatise people living with HIV/Aids through its reportage.

“The issue of stigmatization in the media has been from time immemorial .We want the media practitioners to always write uplifting stories and not stigmatise People living with HIV Virus.

According to Onche, the media lost apparent control after HIV was discovered in Africa giving rise to all manners of interpretaions .

“The media have been at the forefront of the reportage , and tasked journalist not to use derogatory terms and words to describe People living with the HIV/Aids virus.

In the same vein, he said there are several issues that can serve as a major guidance  for media practitioners to write their story about , rather than writing about the negative aspect of the HIV/Aids virus.

While stating that Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission is a major aspect that journalist need to write constantly about at all time.

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