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C-River pledges free treatment for HIV/AIDS

By John Ighodaro
CALABAR — Cross River State govern-ment has pledged to give full treatment without charges to people living with HIV/AIDS in the state.

Governor Liyel Imoke made the promise while addressing the crowd which took part in the AIDS Day Walk, an exercise against HIV/AIDS on the grounds of the Cultural Centre Complex in Calabar, Cross River State.

Imoke urged the public not to discriminate against carriers of the HIV/AIDS scourge, saying, “they are part of the society and not different from us.

“They have so much to contribute to the society too and we must continue to support them. Even though we have seen significant improvement in the fight against the disease, we have still not reached that level where we can relent on our oars.”

He expressed optimism that the disease will be reduced to a record two per cent in 2012, explaining that such goal could only be achieved through the assistance of  all stakeholders.

Imoke urged the people to get closer to God as the year was running out, and called on them to be part of the cam-paign against HIV/AIDS.


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