Wife of the Benue State Governor, Arc. Mrs. Yemisi Suswam has declared that the state is winning the war against the dreaded HIV/AIDS despite daunting challenges confronting the renewed onslaught against the virus.
Mrs. Suswam who spoke yesterday while hosting the Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS to a new year feast in Makurdi, said she would continue to lead the campaign against the virus and to ensure better condition of living for the infected and affected.
She said Benue State has recorded alot of successes in ensuring that the prevalence rate of the virus in the state was brought down through sustained campaigns, reach out programmes and the establishment of specialized clinics for the infected.
“I can assure you that no state in the country has given HIV/AIDS virus the kind of sustained fight we have mounted in Benue State in the last four years, that is why we are recording much successes”, she said.
Mrs. Suswam disclosed that through the three HIV treatment centres established by her pet project, the Sev Av Foundation, at the three senatorial district of the state, most of the infected persons have been availed necessary counseling and treatments at no cost.
She however sent an SOS to public spirited individuals and cooperate organizations to come to the aid of the legion of the infected In the state by donating CD4 Count Machines to the treatment centres spread across the three senatorial zones of the state.
According to her, “We are in dare need of CD4 Count Machines at out treatment sites in order to help us provide better services and treatment to the infected. That is why we are calling on public spirited individuals and cooperate organisations to come to our aid by donating this machines to us because the cost of procuring one is way beyond the reach of Sev Av Foundation”.
Earlier, the President of the Benue State chapter of the Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS, Mr. Steven Yongo lauded the sustained support and encouragement people living with the virus were enjoying from the Wife of the State Governor; and called for it’s sustenance.
The highpoint of the celebration was the distribution of grains, clothings and cash to members of the Network. Similar gesture was also extended to 75 new born babies delivered at the early hours of the Year 2012 at some government and mission hospitals in Makurdi.