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NACA Empowers People Living With HIV/AIDS in Oyo

National Agency for the Control of Aids, NACA, has empowered over 100 indigent people living with HIV/AIDS, and vulnerable persons in Oyo state.

The beneficiaries were trained on various entrepreneurial skills to make them self-reliant.

Presenting kits of trade to the beneficiaries, Director General, NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliu said the economic empowerment programme was to combat the rate of HIV/AIDS transmission in the country.

Dr Aliu explained that if the vulnerable were gainfully employed they would be able to access medications to suppress the viral load and reduce spread of the disease.

Dr Aliu while noting that the programme was available in only Kano and Ibadan, said the beneficiaries had been exposed to trainings capable of making them thrive in their chosen field.

The naca dg implored the beneficiaries to ensure that the programme did not collapse, so it could serve as reference point in case of expansion.

Director community prevention care and support, NACA, Mr. Alex Ogundipe pointed out that the programme had been significant and life changing.

In a message through the executive secretary of Oyo state agency  for control of AIDS , OYSACA, Dr Lanre Abas, wife of the state governor, Tamunominni Makinde stated that all hands had been put on deck to ensure that the state was rid of new HIV infections.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed gladness for being part of the training. They called on NACA to expand its scope to accommodate more people.

Head, gender human rights and care support service, NACA, Abuja, Dr Yinka Falola explained that needs of vulnerable and indigent  persons living with HIV/AIDS should be met to enable  them have good livelihood, such that NACA would be able to achieve the “you equals you” target which was set with the mission of ending HIV/AIDS infection by the year 2030.

Adedayo Adelowo

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