Purchasing Drugs From Unauthorized Outlets Dangerous, KADSACA Warns HIV Positive Patients

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Governor Nasir el-Rufai

By; KUNLE SANNI, Kaduna

 People living with HIV/AIDS have been advised to avoid purchasing drugs from un-accredicted medicine vendors for their safety. 

The Executive Secretary Kaduna State Aids Control Agency (KADSACA), Dr. Isa Baka Shadow gave this advice while fielding questions from newsmen in Kaduna.

 He said it is unhealthy and risky for any person suffering the deadly disease to engage in buying drugs from roadside chemists, describing the act as unwise and deadly. 

According to him, people suffering from HIV/AIDS should only patronise accredited government health facilities or approved medical centres for medication. 

Dr.  Baka also advised people to always go for HIV test to enable them know their status.

 He enjoined those who are HIV positive not to relent in taking drugs prescribed by their doctor to them to improve their health condition. 

He  explained that as part of activities to help improve health condition of people especially those living with HIV/AIDS, a seminar on the importance of nutrition was organized in Zaria, with KADSACA as one of the major stakeholders. 

According to him, the nutrition seminar which was ably supported by the wife of Kaduna State governor, is targeted at improving nutritional value in the state. 

Dr. Baka added the governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai is equally concerned with adequate food supply to school children, as this would improve their performance in school. 

The executive secretary pointed out that the mission of the agency is to leverage on the local and external expertise to ensure prudent deployment of resources to support the multi sectorial HIV and Aids response, through strategic partnership with government agencies, development partners, civil society organizations and other institutions. 

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