By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has pledged improved support for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He urged residents of the state to continue to live responsibly and to always present themselves for routine test to know their status.
In a statement commemorating World AIDS Day, the governor said the administration will continue to fund necessary interventions to support people living with the virus while strengthening the local campaign to curb the spread in the state.
“As we commemorate World HIV/AIDS Day, I urge residents of our state to avoid stigmatising persons living with the virus. All they need is our support, understanding, and care.
“Similarly, I appeal to everyone to live responsibly, observe personal hygiene, practice abstinence, and avoid unsafe sex.
“On our part, we will continue to support the campaign, as is the obligation of every government, as well as boost capacity of our health workers to diagnose and manage the virus.
“We are proud of our record so far by achieving low prevalence of one per cent, compared to the national prevalence of 1.4 per cent.
“Reducing the local prevalence of HIV/AIDS from 1.8 per cent in 2019 to the current one per cent is one of our major milestones in the basic healthcare sector.
“I commend the Ministry of Health and especially the Kwara State AIDS Control Agency for their tireless efforts in achieving the feat.
“Nevertheless, we call for more efforts to achieve a lot more,” he said.