World AIDS Day: We’re gradually winning against the AIDS epidemic, Health boss assures


Dr Linda Ayade(far L), Gov Ben Ayade(2nd L), Dr Inyang Asibong(M), Dr Betta Edu(far R) Efio-Ita Nyok|2 December 2016 Yesterday 1st December was marked as World AIDS Day by the United Nations. In Cross River State, the day was observed via a plethora of activities. However, in this publication I'm publishing the address of Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong to the indigenes and residents of the state. Hear her out: 'Today, in line with our mandate and commitment, Cross River Health sector joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS day. We are here in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and we do remember 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported. 'We are gradually winning against the AIDS epidemic but the challenges have been huge, we will continue to develop and implement initiative plan of action, focusing on policy, public education and intervention to bring reduction in both the HIV prevalence and HIV incidence. 'We are particularly hopeful with the new initiative of WISE UP CROSS RIVER Campaign having the support of Her Excellency, the wife of Cross River State, Dr (Mrs) Linda Ayade using Her pet foundation, Mediatrix, UNFPA, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Agencies, donors and other organizations which is the first and largest reproductive health campaign which is aimed at expanding the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and reproductive lives and hands up to end HIV – AIDS pandemic. 'We are engaging young people in Wise up cross river campaign to use media messages to educate public about burden of HIV /AIDS, prevention measures, particularly for high risk groups,HIV counseling and Testing, condoms distributions and treatment. 'Cross River Government with support from various partners will continue to scaled up effective and high impact prevention programs and services towards the achievement of zero new HIV infections. 'Taking AIDS out of isolation remains an imperative for us to reach 2020 target. We must Hands up for #HIV Prevention', she concluded. Coco-Bassey Esu
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Honourable Commissioner for Health, CRS.