Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has assured people in the state that his administration will scale up access to health services to combat the HIV prevalence, as the state joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Aids Day, on 1st December, 2019.
In a goodwill message to commemorate the day, Governor Yahaya said his administration was committed to the optimal control of HIV and achieving the target of ending the epidemic by 2030.
He however said all stakeholders should remain focused as we approach the finish-line of this important race against HIV and AIDS.
“Communities make the difference, we must align our activities with our communities in Gombe state and continue to strategically target all Key populations across the state with HIV and AIDS control activities,” Governor Yahaya said.
He commended the positive impact made so far, urging the stakeholders not to relent as the fight against HIV and AIDS is not over until Zero prevalence is achieved in Gombe state.
“Today, we also celebrate the drop in HIV prevalence in Gombe State from 3.4% in 2014 to 1.3% in 2019. This great achievement was a result of our collective hard work and commitment; let me appreciate the contributions of our State Government’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating organ, GomSACA.
We acknowledge the invaluable contribution of the various communities in the fight against the disease; People Living and affected by HIV and AIDS, donor and implementing partners, Civil society groups, traditional and religious leaders, health workers, the press, and other groups”.
Meanwhile, the government has lined up to mark the day in Gombe, including a road show/walk.
The World AIDS Day is a day set aside by the United Nations, every December 1 to encourage communities to unite against HIV/Aids, show support for people living with the disease, and remember those who have died due to AIDS.