Delta Assembly wants end to stigma of persons living with HIV/AIDS

Delta Assembly wants end to stigma of persons living with HIV/AIDS

The Delta House of Assembly has called for an end to the stigmatisation of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the society.

 

Mr Austin Uroye, the Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Health, made them call at the public hearing organised by the House on the bill to stop the stigmatisation and discrimination of PLWHA.

 

Uroye, who commended the turnout at the public hearing, said that stigmatisation and discrimination had largely hampered the fight against the scourge in the society.

 

He said that the bill was aimed at seeking a way forward in addressing the problem, stressing that there should not be any form of discrimination and stigmatisation against PLWHA.

 

The lawmaker stressed that the HIV/AIDS epidemic was a health problem that had come to stay, adding that the immediate concern now should be how to assist those affected to live their normal lives.

 

He lauded the participants for their contributions and pledged that their input would be captured in the committee’s report on the bill.

 

The public hearing was attended by officials of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, the State Agency for the Control of HIV-AIDS and the Hospital Management Board.

 

Other attendees include officials of the Ministry of Justice and representatives of the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, among others.

 

The stakeholders proposed some amendments to the bill, noting that the stigmatisation had led some of the victims to serious depression and even death.

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