By Jessica Onyegbula
The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has called for a robust partnership with the News Agency of Nigeria to reduce HIV/AIDS burden in Nigeria.
Dr Patrick Dakum, the Chief Executive Officer, IHVN, made the appeal during a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of NAN, Mr Bayo Onanuga, on Monday in Abuja.
He urged NAN to scale up public enlightenment on the dangers of the scourge, preventive measures, how to manage it and where to access services.
Dakum said IHVN was also partnering with the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and National Agency for the Control of AIDs (NACA), among others, to raise the campaign towards ending HIV and AIDs in the country.
He explained that the institute has placed a total of 244,000 people living with HIV on treatment, adding that the country has little above a million people on treatment at the moment.
“With this help, patients are able to take their drug and go to work, thereby contributing to the growth of the economy.”
He urged state governments to step up and take ownership of HIV programmes like Abia and Taraba states.
Responding, Onanuga commended the institute for its efforts on raising HIV and AIDS consciousness among Nigerians.
He pledged the support of NAN towards realising IHVN goal to achieve a better Nigeria.
The managing director prayed for a more effective and sustainable partnership with IHVN to develop the country.
Onanuga advised the CEO to consider the media proposals presented by NAN to drive the objective.