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HIV/AIDS: Kaduna to enact law against discrimination

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA—The Kaduna state government says it will soon enact a law that will curb discriminations against those living with HIV/AIDS in the state.

The state governor, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, made this known while speaking at a news conference to mark this year’s World AIDS Day in Kaduna, yesterday.

Sambo, who was represented at the briefing by his deputy, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, said, “The Kaduna state government has set goals that it is currently pursuing with vigour to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS; provide equitable prevention, treatment and support services. It will also mitigate the impact of the disease among women, children, and other vulnerable groups in the state.

“In doing this, the government will adopt measures that will facilitate the attainment of desired goals. It is, therefore, currently looking at the possibility of establishing more anti-retroviral treatment of infections.”

The governor also said that the state government will  ensure the “provision of psycho-social and economic empowerment of people living with HIV/AIDS in the state as well as giving legal backing to efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against those infected.”


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