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World Aids Day: NACA boss calls for synergy among stakeholders to fight HIV/AIDS
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By Biodun Folarin
November 22, 2017 20:57:50pm GMT      |      Views: 277
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WorldStage Newsonline-- The Director General of NACA, Dr Sani Aliyu said there is a need to scale up on the existing synergy among stakeholders in the path towards winning the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Speaking at the 2017 World Aids Day in Abuja on Wednesday, he said individuals and institutions at various levels had a role to play to sustain the tempo to combat the virus now and hereafter.

He observed that several millions of people globally were living with the virus while several others have died of the virus and  that many countries had enacted laws to protect people living with HIV and several other most especially in the developing countries may not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from the virus and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the virus.

According to him, “it is against this backdrop that this year’s theme Right To Health, Making It Happen has provided us with a lot to think about and Nigeria has aligned with this year’s theme in recognition of our own local need to scale up prevention efforts.”

The Director-General of NACA sad it was important to reflect as individuals, governments and institutions on the cores that have made the world Aids Day important.

 He said, “Today marks yet another World AIDS days, a unique opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight to see an end to HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with the virus and to remember the people who died of the virus”, adding that the uniqueness of WAD, was expressed when it was celebrated as a global health day in 1988.

Dr Sani however said that in commemoration of the 2017 World AIDS Day, NACA “stands in solidarity with millions Nigerians who has become infected with HIV as well those who has died from AIDS related illness since the first case in Nigeria.”

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