By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr Gambo Aliyu, has said a total of 42,000 patients are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Oyo.
He promised economic empowerment for at least 3,000 indigent HIV persons, with the support of the Oyo State government.
Dr Aliyu who speak at the graduation ceremony of economic empowerment for 120 indigent vulnerable persons in Oyo State, including people living with HIV (PLHIV), at the Oyo State Secretariat, in Ibadan, said empowerment for the indigent HIV vulnerable persons will put food in their stomachs and ensure they could go to health facilities to access HIV medications regularly.
He declared that between five and 10 per cent of all people living with HIV/AIDS in the community are indigent and ensuring that they adhere to HIV medications is critical to the control of HIV in the country.
According to him “stigma and discrimination had denied them work within the society, that is the gap this model will close up.
“We started this last year with about 130 people in Kaduna and the Federal Capital territory. Now, we are expanding it to 214 people in Ibadan and Kano.”