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Group urges religious leaders to stop stigmating HIV/AIDs patients

Christian leaders have been charged to stop stigmatizing HIV/AIDs patients and support them to ensure a meaningful life.

President, Christian Council of Nigeria, Most Reverend Fubara Emmanuel made this known at a workshop on consultation for religious leaders on HIV treatment adherence by UNAIDS-PEPFAR organized by the Christian Council of Nigeria in collaboration with the World Council of Churches.

Most Reverend Emmanuel noted the need for Christian leaders to get involved in the campaign against the stigmatization of patients with HIV/AIDS, stressing that the ailment was not a death sentence.

The Zonal Director, North East of the National Agency for the Control of Aids, Mr. Tobias John stressed that the prevalence of HIV in the past two decades have been successfully managed and commended the religious body on the partnership that builds a better response system to curb the spread of the disease.

He maintained that HIV is no more a public health emergency and reiterated that the stock-out of the Antiretroviral drug doesn’t call for alarm, as the federal government has made sufficient distribution to health facilities and cautioned Nigerians against the abuse of drug for wrong purposes.

Reporting by Yosi Ardel, editing Daniel Adejo