By Chioma Umeha
In a effort to build capacity for the implementation of HIV strategy for Adolescent and Young People, (AYP), stakeholders are brainstorm on its content and programmes.
Addressing journalists in Lagos the Senior Special Assistance to the governor of Lagos State on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Fisher Oladipupo said “it is due to the high percentage of prevalence among young people living with HIV that informed the need to carry out intervention.”
Oladipupo further said that these group of young people are critical in addressing the spread of the virus and so the need to focus on them in reducing and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS in the state.”
Lending her voice, Mrs Ezinne Okey-Uchendu who represented the Director, Programme Coordination Department of National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Dr. Akudo Ikpeazu for the Director General Dr. Sani Aliyu said at the national level, the HIV plan for Adolescents has been launched and the agency will ensure that the plan is been adopted by all states of the Federation.
Aliyu said the strategy covers different areas for implementation and the plan includes; HIV treatment services, prevention programme for AYP, we also have programmes targeting the pregnant AYP and also activities using the minimum intervention package in addressing the AYP.
He also added that the drugs are accessible using the different hospitals that are both comprehensive HIV services site ?and as well as the primary health care facility in different states.
In terms of stigmatisation, Aliyu added that? NACA and state agencies on HIV/AIDs are working to ensure that awareness is created and also ensuring that people get to know the AYP and prevention strategies going forward.
With the gradual withdrawal of donor agencies from Nigeria, Dr. Aliyu stated that NACA is currently funding Taraba and Abia state ?but there are other activities going on in other state.