By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Executive Secretary, Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OYSACA), Mr. Obatunde Oladapo at the weekend hinted that the state is now recording reduction in the level of stigmatization against persons living with HIV (PLWHIV) .
Mr Oladapo dropped this hint in Ibadan while speaking during a courtesy call by the management of OYSACA to the office of the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Community Development, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation at the Secretariat, Ibadan.
According to the OYSACA Executive Secretary, the stigmatization has reduced drastically in relative terms with other states and that this was as a result of the state government’s adequate sensitization and enlightenment programs on HIV/AIDS .
He stressed that the people of Oyo State are now more informed about HIV/AIDS as well as the need not to stigmatize persons living with HIV (PLWHIV) but rather support them.
The Executive Secretary added that
OYSACA will ” revolutionize resource mobilization and collaborate with stakeholders to develop a work plan and Rapid Response mechanism to be able to respond more promptly and effectively to people living with HIV and survivors of abuse on medical, legal, emotional and psycho-social grounds.”
While advocating for the economic empowerment for women living with HIV, saying that the highest percentage of people living with HIV are women, he then called for the collaborative effort of the Ministry of Women Affairs to address violence and abuse against vulnerable groups in the State such as women, children, adolescents and orphans.
Oyo State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community Development, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Atinuke Osunkoya in her remarks lauded the management of OYSACA for a new improved agency.
The Commissioner maintained that that protecting the rights of vulnerable people and less privileged in the State is a major concern of the Ministry,.
“We are passionate about the welfare of women and children in the state. Together, we can truly reduce the scourge of violence against vulnerable children and women in the state and the country at large.”