The Sokoto Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ali Inname, says there are over 8,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the state.
Inname said the state government would continue to support them by providing them with necessary medications.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner spoke on Monday in Sokoto at a five-day programme titled, ‘Capacity strengthening of key and vulnerable populations in access to HIV services efficiency.”
The event was also attended by the Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AID, Dr. Gambo Aliyu.
Inname advised those living with the virus to get enrolled into the state’s contributory health scheme.
Speaking on the issue, the National Coordinator, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said the network had conducted a survey that informed it about the status of HIV/AIDS in the country.
“People are well informed now about how they can manage the condition to avoid transmitting it to others,” Ibrahim said.
The programme facilitator, Mr. Umar Jimeta, from the Society for Women Development and Empowerment Initiative, said participants would undergo all forms of capacity building training to prepare them for socio-economic and health awareness challenges in their respective settlements.
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