AKWA Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio will soon sign into law the bill establishing the State HIV/AIDS Control Agency.
The State Deputy Governor, Mr. Nsima Ekere, who announced this at the annual general meeting and scientific conference of the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, said the governor will not only sign the bill, which was recently passed by the State House of Assembly, into law but will ensure that the agency is well-funded to enable it meet its obligations.
Ekere, who represented Governor Godswill Akpabio at the occasion, called for concerted efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS particularly in the mother-to-child transmission of the pandemic, adding that the NMA in the state should monitor developments in the renewed international research for a cure for HIV/AIDS to ensure that Akwa Ibom people will be among the first to benefit from a potential cure.
He promised that the Government will equip and staff the 20th Anniversary Specialist Hospital with the best equipment and personnel to make it the best in the country and stop medical tourism of Nigerians abroad.
The State Commissiner for Health, Dr. Bassey Antai, said the State Government will continue to make healthcare accessible and affordable to all in the state. State Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Etiobong Etukumana, thanked the Governor for the massive transformation of the health sector and the infrastructural development of the state.