Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has pledged improved support for the fight against HIV/AIDS, urging residents of the state to continue to live responsible life and always present themselves for routine test to know their status.
In a statement signed and made available to pressmen in Ilorin by the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye on Wednesday in commemoration with the World AIDS Day, said the governor’s administration will continue to fund necessary interventions to support people living with the virus in the state.
“As we commemorate the World HIV/AIDS Day, I urge residents of our state to avoid stigmatising persons living with the virus.
“All they need is our support, understanding, and care. Similarly, I appeal to everyone to live responsibly, observe personal hygiene, practice abstinence, and avoid unsafe sex.
On our part, we will continue to support the campaign, as is the obligation of every government, as well as boost capacity of our health workers to diagnose and manage the virus,” the Governor said.
“We are proud of our record so far by achieving very low prevalence of 1%, compared to the national prevalence of 4.6%. Reducing the local prevalence of HIV/AIDS from 1.8% in 2019 to the current 1% is one of our major milestones in the basic healthcare sector.
“I commend the Ministry of Health and especially the Kwara State AIDS Control Agency for their tireless efforts in achieving the feat.
Nevertheless, we call for more efforts to achieve a lot more.”