Enugu repositions to combat HIV/AIDS
January 24, 2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has declared that his administration would henceforth carry on the fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge in the same reform-minded and stakeholder-driven strategy that has earned his administration wide acclaim.

Speaking in Enugu while commissioning an office building for the Enugu State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (ENSACA), the governor acknowledged that the HIV/AIDS campaign has not been as focused and coordinated as the reforms in health and other sectors of the state government.

Governor Nnamani thus promised to "get it right", by putting together a clear plan that would incorporate all the ingredients of reform, and sensitization of all stakeholders.

He added that this process would lead to the identification of better communication strategies and plans for prevention of HIV/AIDS, therapy and social support schemes for the infected, and ways of stamping out stigmatization of HIV/AIDS patients.

The Governor noted that one major reason why the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic must succeed in Enugu State is that his administration has one of the highest number of health professionals, pointing out that apart from himself and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), three other State Commissioners were also medical doctors.

In her remark, the state team leader of the DFID-funded Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS), Angie Roques, pledged that PATHS would continue to offer support to ENSACA through its continuing professional development center, to ensure a reduction of the incidence of HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Chijioke Okoro, representing Strengthening Nigeria's Response (SNR) to HIV/AIDS, a non-governmental organization, commended Governor Nnamani for fulfilling his promise to build an office complex for ENSACA, and enjoined the general public to use the resources and facilities available in the centre.

Also in his address, the Secretary of ENSACA, Dr. Chris Ani, noted that with the commissioning of the ENSACA building, the problem of accommodation as a major hindrance to the coordination and facilitation mechanism in the fight against HIV / AIDS in Enugu State, had been solved.

He also commended Governor Nnamani for his vision in "bequeathing this legacy of renovation and expansion of this brand new office complex to HIV/AIDS control in the State".

Dr. Ani further expressed gratitude to PATHS and SNR for their "massive technical, capacity, financial and psychological support" to Enugu State.


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