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Clery urged to facilitate HIV treatment

The Christian Council of Nigeria has called on religious leaders to facilitate treatment for people living with HIV.

This formed part of the Communiqué issued at the end of a three-day training of religious leaders on HIV treatment adherence in Abuja.

The communiqué read by the President, Christian Council of Nigeria, Most Reverend Benebo Fubara-Manuel exposed the lapses of faith leaders on what needs to be done with their followers concerning faith healing and claims to exclusive faith healing with the need for stronger synergy in place by all concerned participants

Speaking with newsmen, The Community Support Adviser, USAID, Dr. Gabriel Undelikwo stressed that the partnership with religious leaders would explore more areas where USAID could assist the over one point seven million HIV patients, maintaining that the workshop had increased awareness of religious leaders on ending the stigmatization of people living with HIV.

The Regional Coordinator, West Africa, World Council of Churches Mrs. Ayoko Bayun-Wilson said religious leaders need to take adherence to the promotion of treatment for HIV in faith-based organizations noting that the role of faith healing should not deter the place of treatment and medication.

The workshop attracted stakeholders in the health care sectors and religious leaders in both the Christian and Islamic faith on better ways the treatment of people living with HIV

Reporting by YOSI Ardel, editing by Daniel Adejo