By Emeka Mamah
KADUNAâ€”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 yearâ€™s World AIDS Day in Kaduna, yesterday.
Sambo, who was represented at the briefing by his deputy, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, said, â€œThe 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.
â€œIn 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.â€
The governor also said that the state government willÂ ensure the â€œprovision 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.â€