MAKURDI – THE Benue State government has vowed to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in the state through collaborative efforts with relevant agencies and stakeholders to ensure the reversal of prevalence rate of the dreaded disease in the state.
This assertion was made by the Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor on HIV/AIDS, Mrs. Maria Idu, while declaring open a one-day state HIV/AIDS epidemiology response and policy synthesis study stakeholdersâ€™ meeting in Makurdi.
Mrs. Idu regretted that the state had found itself in the unfortunate situation as a highly infested state but noted that the renewed vigour on the part of government to checking the spread of the scourge in the state would soon yield positive results.
The Adviser who also doubles as the Chairman of the Benue State AIDS Control Agency (BENSACA), stressed the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS on the people and economy of the state.
She, however, expressed delight at the practical steps the government has taken to stem the tide, noting that with added commitment on the part of all stakeholders in the project the prevalence rate in the state would be reduced to the barest minimum.
Mrs Idu further implored stakeholders in the fight against the dreaded disease to brace up to the challenge, stressing that despite deliberate actions of government in the past to check the spread of the scourge in the state, available statistics indicated that the effort did not arrest the trend, advising that all hands must be on the deck in this present effort to save the people the anguish of the disease.