By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”Edo State Action Committee on Aids (SACA) weekend raised an alarm that the spread of the dreaded HIV/AIDS in the state has increased from 4.3 to 5.2%.
Project Manager of the stateâ€™s SACA, Mrs. Nora Igbinoba, also disclosed that Nigeria now occupied the 21st position, of 166 countries, of nationâ€™s with high number of sufferers.
Mrs. Igbinoba, who disclosed these at a workshop organised for media practitioners in the state, said only aggressive enlightenment campaign, especially at the grassroots, would stem the tide of spread of the disease.
She noted that HIV/AIDS was no moral issue, as it could be contacted through other means as blood transfusion, unsterilised needle, barbing saloon, amongst others, other than through promiscuity.
Igbinoba urged media to form a critical mass of resource persons to counsel, educate and effectively disseminate information on HIV/AIDS.
She also enjoined journalists to open an office at Edo State NUJ Secretariat, where counseling and testing could be carried out, and advised them to look at the pandemic as their personal problems.
Noting that there was already enough information on HIV/AIDS, Igbinoba made case for aggressive enlightenment education of the grassroot populace for any meaningful impact to be made in the fight against the scourge.
Two papers were delivered at the worksop namely â€˜basic Information on HIV/AIDS by Mrs. N.O. Igbinoba, Project manager, SACA, Edo State while the second paper â€˜Moblizing Fight against HIV/AIDS, the Role of the Media was presented by Rev. S.O. Ohonba, Community Mobilization Officer, SACA, Edo State