Stakeholders identify the family as key to tackling HIV & AIDS

 By Chioma Obinna

Stakeholders at the official launching of the book, Living Without AIDS authored by Oladipo Obisesan have identified the family as a major factor in tackling  HIV & AIDS in the country. They  also lamented the loss of family values due to negligence of the family.

Speaking during the launch in Lagos last week, Obisesan stressed the need for the family to come back to the drawing board and bring back the values and morals associated with the family system. “If each family can do what is required to bring back the family values and morals in the society the spread of HIV & AIDS would be reduced.”

According to the author “When you talk about family values within the family tree, there is likely to have positive results within the environment and society as a whole because this issue constitutes a whole and no longer on the street. So fighting HIV on the street is more or less a misconception, we are not going to fight it on the street but at our various homes.”

Urging parents not to allow their children to learn from the society but instil in them family values and morals to become a better citizen in life, he said there are so many negative attributes in the society and these have continued to impact negatively on the youths most especially.

Obisesan said the book would help families and youth win the fight against AIDS and attaining a new dimension of exceptional living

 Lagos State Director for Family Health in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Jemilade Longe said many parents have lost their position  because they never set a good example to the children.

Noting that the best place to fight HIV should be in the home, he lamented indecent dressing by mothers and their female  children in the name of fashion.

Unveiling the book, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola who was represented by Dr Olusegun Ogboye, Head of Projects, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LASACA) said stigma had remained a problem in the fight against HIV& AIDS.

Commending the author, he stressed the role of faith-based Organisations in fighting stigma and in every other aspect of the campaign since they have very large followership and are held in very high esteem by their congregations.

He urged them to reinforce the messages with religious tenets that will appeal strongly to their congregations but warned that leaders of faith-based organisations must first seek up to date and correct knowledge before seeking to inform or educate their congregations while avoiding stigmatising language.

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