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Stakeholders raise alarm over high rate of HIV in Imo

A cross section of stakeholders and non governmental organisations working in the area of health have raised alarm that the rate of infections with the Human Immuno deficiency Virus , HIV, in Imo State was on the high side.

They made this known in a communique signed by over 30 different organizations, made available to Vanguard yesterday, in Owerri, which they said was the outcome of their 2016 stakeholders annual consultative meeting.

According to them, it was also part of their Community Systems Strengthening project held in five local government areas of the state which include Ihitte Uboama, Isiala Mbano, Owerri Municipal, Orlu and Oru East.

 The communique read in part: ”That all stakeholders are perturbed with the high prevalence of HIV in Imo State, which is one of the highest in the country and as such, enjoins all to contribute to its reduction in Imo State in particular and the country in general.

 “That the general public should avoid risky behaviour while service providers must take precautionary measures to avoid exposure to new HIV infections.”

 It was part of their resolution that ”stakeholders should frown at stigmatizing and discriminating against persons living with HIV,” adding that they ought to work harder to put a stop to it.

They were of the view that, ”stakeholders should advocate a stronger and more effective legal support, especially as they carry out their legitimate duties of providing HIV counselling and testing services to clients.”Vanguard

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