The wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Tamunominini Makinde, says she will scale up HIV / AIDS response to stop the epidemic in the near future.
Makinde, president of the Oyo State Agency for AIDS Control (OYSACA), assured at the stakeholders' monthly meeting of the agency with the local AIDS Action Committee.
Makinde, represented by Ms. Oyeyemi Adesoba, said that stigmatizing people living with HIV needs to stop to make progress in reducing new HIV infections.
“We can do better; we are all responsible for our lives and ourselves.
“Information and education about HIV is key.
"We will work on how to make useful information available to the public and review the concerns and requests of stakeholders at the meeting," she said.
In his remarks, the project manager for OYSACA, dr. Kayode Ogunkunle, that the governor's wife's interest would scale up efforts to reduce the incidence of HIV pandemic to zero levels.
Ogunkunle appealed to residents to know their HIV status, saying early HIV detection was crucial to reducing its morbidity and mortality as well as preventing future transmissions.
“HIV screening is free in all of our health facilities, and early detection helps save the lives of those infected and prevent others from becoming infected.
“Anyone who is tested positive will be immediately enrolled in care and treatment for free,” he said.