Enugu renews fight against AIDS
April 4, 2006

The Enugu Government says it is committed to the fight against the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS pandemic in the State.

The State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, stated this while declaring open a one day workshop on HIV/AIDS State Response Review and Strategic Plan Development, organized by the State Action Committee on AIDS.

Governor Nnamani, who was represented at the workshop by his Deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, described HIV/AIDS as one of the worst and most dreaded diseases of the time.

He said that because of its devastating effect on the workforce and other social life of the people, his administration would commit resources available to it in the fight against the scourge.

“We pledge to do all within our resources to give the disease a very serous fight in the state, in conjunction with our development partners,” he said.

He therefore charged workshop participants to make useful inputs as individuals and organizations, that would help the State Action Committee on AIDS come up with formidable and comprehensive strategic plans of action for the fight.

In his address, the Executive Secretary, State Action Committee on (HIV/AIDS) ENSACA, Dr. Chris Ani, explained that the workshop was aimed at developing for the state a plan that would guide a holistic response to the pandemic for the next five years.

Dr. Ani disclosed that the State and its partners, representing ministries, the organized private sector, non-governmental organizations and hospital administrators, had provided basic data to guide a review on the disease with a view to determining strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

According to Dr. Ani, in recognition of the concept of one coordinating body, one strategic framework and one monitoring and evaluation system, the plan would be derived from the recently launched National Strategic Framework designed to incorporate partners’ mandates and attestation and ensure multi-sectoral monitoring and evaluation.

The Executive Secretary announced that the state was evolving a well resourced and prioritized plan and programmes that could reduce the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the state by 25% by 2010.

He therefore thanked the Governor for facilitating the state credit effectiveness through the payment of her counterpart fund of ten million naira with the World Bank, the approval of another ten million naira to ENSACA and more than one hundred million naira to line Ministries to up the scale of HIV/AIDS activities.

In their separate speeches, the Technical Adviser Strengthening Nigeria's Response to HIV/AIDS, Mr. Chijioke Okoro and the UNDP Representative in the State, Mr. Joseph Ajadike, thanked the State Governor for his special interest and support in the fight against the disease.

Mr. Okoro, in his speech, commended the State for meeting its counterpart share in the fight and called for increase collaboration among the state government, civil society and all other stakeholders in the fight against the disease.


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