By Chinyere Amalu
NIGERIAN First Lady, Hajiya Turai Yarâ€˜Adua has attributed the rise of HIV infection in the country to lack of knowledge brought about by dearth of information.
Speaking recently during the public presentation of a book entitled â€œFamily/Personal Guide Against HIV/AIDS, she observed thatÂ the book itself which was holistic, provided necessary information about how families could deal with the prevention and treatment of HIV & AIDS.â€
Wife of the Deputy-Senate President Mrs. Beatrice Ekweremadu, who represented the First Lady pointed out that the fight against HIV & AIDS should not be left toÂ government and the private sector alone. â€œThis fight should be more of a common responsibility of individuals.â€
Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko noted at the launchÂ that people did not have the right information on how to protect themselves which has caused a rise in infection rate.
He, however, explained that the message must be taken down to the grass roots. â€œInformation is key to reducing the increase of the virus which on the long run will bring about behavioral change.â€
President, Human Resources Development Trust (HRDT) and publishers of the book, Mr. Carl Okorie pointed out that women made up to 67 per cent of the infected group adding that one of the major causes of the phenomenon was the lack of knowledge due to the dearth of information.
He said in the course of investigation, it was discovered that â€œmost of the existing strategies adopted by stakeholders in the fight yield counter results due to misapplication and misinterpretation of information and the shocking misinterpretation of the disease by students in the secondary school made us understand why efforts by international organization and government yielded no results.â€