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Network of PLWHA urge Federal Government to put them as priority

The network of People Living with HIV/Aids (PLWHA) have urged the Nigerian government to include them as main priority and urged that the anti aids discrimination bill be passed into law. Marking the world aids day yesterday, they enjoined the Federal Government to take ownership of aids programmes and generic anti retroviral drugs.

The network complained that a huge resource gap still exists and as such they need an increase in funding; both from government and private sponsors. According to their spokesperson, there has been an increase in children orphaned by aids and a reduction in life expectancy of Nigerians.

A report which stated that the aids spread had reduced by 25% in Nigeria was commended and attributed to the increased awareness of the scourge of the disease. They also urged that medical education should be embraced and increased and that employers of labour should stop the HIV testing as a prerequisite for employment.