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Word of Commitment given to end HIV by 2030- Lagos state speaker

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of
Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa has pledged the continued support and
commitment of the Lagos House of Assembly to making Lagos State free of
Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV)and Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome (AIDS) by 2030.
Obasa said this early in the week at the
HIV and AIDS Walk to mark 2016 World AIDS Day organised by the Lagos
State Aids Control Agency.
The walk tagged ‘Hands up for HIV
prevention,’ had hundreds of people drawn from government agencies,
civil society groups, international non-governmental organisation, youth
groups, walk from Ikeja Local Government office through Allen Avenue to
the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Obasa said “We believe that the good
health of our people come up first in our list of priorities; when there
is health, there is wealth. There is no amount of investment or
economic emancipation or social infrastructure that we may provide for
the people that they will enjoy without good health.”
While acknowledging the effort of the
state government in awareness creation and pragmatic support programmes
for HIV in Lagos, Obasa said the government will continue to support
efforts to end the scourge in the state.
“We will be with your continuous and
persistent support to end HIV and AIDS in Lagos. An injury to one is an
injury to all and we are ready to play our role to make the state free
of this disease,” he said.
He said the House is prepared to work the Governor on his promised to eradicate HIV and AIDS by 2030.
He appealed to Lagosians to take
advantage of the spirited effort of the Lagos State government in
ensuring that the hospitals are filled with necessary medication to
manage the scourge of AIDS in the state.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive
Officer of Lagos State Aids Control Agency, Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, said
that the walk was to raise awareness among Lagosians on the prevention,
treatment and load reduction of HIV through its 909090 campaign
programnme.
He said that it is a crime for anyone to
die of HIV and AIDS in Lagos because it is no longer a death sentence
and Lagos state is making frantic effort to make drugs available and
tests free for all persons living with HIV in Lagos.
He added that the world has agreed that
the scourged has remained a scourge for too long a time and it will be
an abuse to humanity if it is allowed to continue unabated.
He therefore called for proper investment, education and enlightenment of the people towards achieving this goal.

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