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HIV & AIDS: Dame Patience advocates stronger political will

By Chinyere Amalu
The urgency attached to stamping out HIV &AIDS in Nigeria brought together top Nigerian women in politics to the formal launching of Bayelsan Silhouettes, an  HIV & AIDS, Media Awareness campaign in Abuja.

The First Lady,  Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan with a host of other selected  wives of important public officers wefre present at the launch. The awareness campaign which comprises seven films, 21 radio programmes and documentaries jointly sponsored by Shell Saharan Africa and Bayelsa State Government was aimed at providing basic information on HIV&AIDS prevention, treatment, and communication behaviour to the Bayelsan youths.

Speaking at the ceremony in Abuja, the First Lady noted that the awareness campaign programme is a perfect tool to advocate for HIV &AIDS prevention against Nigerian youths.

She also called on leaders and decision makers to be dedicate at all levels to advocate on the need such a prevention strategy.

“This campaign is to ensure that leaders and decision makers deliver the promises they made on stamping out HIV &AIDS in the country. Leaders should be dedicated at all levels to advocate for HIV &AIDS against youths.

“We should soon overcome the burden of the disease, but leaders and decision makers must have political will to create awareness and provide drugs and reduce stigma on the affected citizens.

She also called for state governments to intensify commitment at the community level in the anti  HIV & AIDS campaign.

She  commended the Baylesa State government and Shell Oil Company for taking a decisive step against HIV & AIDS.

Earlier, Vice President, Shell Sahara Africa, Mr. Osagai Okumbo said the formal launch of the was to bring more focus on them than any other group.


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