UNICEF explains that HIV can be prevented and can be properly managed; but prevention and effective treatment require teamwork.
According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), about 18,000 young people are living with HIV/AIDS in Kaduna state, Nigeria.
During a 2 day workshop to enlighten traditional rulers on the high spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescent and young persons (AYPs) in the state, UNICEF advised traditional rulers to join in the processes set up to reduce the high rate of the virus within the state.
Communication Specialist of UNICEF in Kaduna, Malam Rabiu Musa, who disclosed the information at the orientation ground in Kachia, said the seminar was organised by the National Orientation Agency to gain support from traditional rulers, in order to remedy the ugly situation.
From what he said; “The traditional rulers will also play a key role in increasing male’s support for anti-natal care and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.
Research has shown that about 80 per cent of the HIV transmission in Nigeria is related to sexual contact while 10 per cent through blood transfusions.
The remaining 10 per cent is through other routes such as mother to child transmission, injection by drug users and use of unsterilized instruments.”
Musa also talked about the preventive measures of the dreadful virus. He said: “HIV can be prevented and can be properly managed; but prevention and effective treatment require teamwork.
The teamwork involves the child, the family, HIV experts, community, governmental, non-government institutions and international partners.’’
He also explained that the traditional rulers would be expected to support the creation of HIV/AIDS services centers in their respective communities within the state, at the end of the exercise.