The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria has restated its resolve to shift the HIV/AIDS campaign to schools by working closely with the school authorities to achieve an HIV free country.
Dr Patrick Dakum, the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute stated this in Abuja as he listed the inauguration of its N2 billion seven-floor twin tower building and the shifting HIV/AIDS campaign to schools as priority of the institute.
According to him, the institute would strive hard to ensure that youths as the leaders of tomorrow lived an AIDS-free nation, saying that IHVN would be available to mentor students to achieve an HIV free country.
“Nigeria has made a tremendous effort in the fight against HIV. We were formally at 5.8 per cent but today it has reduced to 2.9 per cent, so we have achieved a great deal. We targeted the schools this year and we will work closely with the school authorities and the students,” he said.
Admitting that much still needed to be done to achieve resounding success in the fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge, Dakum it becomes imperative to target schools ‘because it is the youth that is becoming more infected, so we need strategies to help them stay negative and prevent themselves from becoming positive.’
Dakum, therefore, urged Nigerians to spread the message of HIV across their neighbourhood as every individual has a role to play in the fight against the spread and to stop stigmatisation.
He said the institute had been partnering effectively with the Federal Government in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and other opportunistic infections.
Dakum said the institute had been engaged in the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS patients and other related ailments in 35 states and FCT.
On the N2 billion seven-floor twin tower building on Airport Road, Abuja, he stated that the project now on the fourth floor would be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2019.