Join Battle Against HIV/AIDS, Clerics Urged

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By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Stakeholders in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS in Akwa Ibom State, have renewed the appeal

to religious organisations to join in the fight against stigma and discrimination, adding that HIV is not a death sentence.

They stated this on Sunday during the Thanksgiving Service in Uyo to mark this year’s World AIDS Day in the state
The group which included Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) led by Mr. Kenneth Ebong, also urged the Clergies to encourage medication adherence among PLHIV and the need to know one’s status.
The Project Manager of Akwa Ibom State Agency for the Control of AIDS (AKSACA), Dr Arthur Igbemi led the management staff of the Agency and some of its stakeholders in the state HIV Response to Insight Bible Church, 227 Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo, for the thanksgiving Service.
Dr Igbemi said it was needful to take a moment to thank God as the state geared up for the 2021 World AIDS Day event in the state.
He expressed gratitude to God for his care and protection over the the HIV community and commended them for the work they do, adding that,their commitment was an integral part of what would help bring the state closer to an AIDS-free generation. 

The SACA Lead expressed optimism that with the year’s theme, “End Inequalities, End AIDS”, the gaps preventing progress towards ending AIDS, would be closed and the inequalities that drive AIDS would reduce.¬†
Prayers were offered to God unbehalf of the agency.
Amongst those present were Dr. Ime Usanga, State AIDS Programs Cordinator, Ministry of Health, Edidiong Sambo of FHI360, members of NEPWHAN, ASHWAN, AYPIN, AKSACA staff and others.

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