The wife of Oyo state Governor, Dr.(Mrs) Florence Ajimobi has called on stakeholders on prevention of HIV/AIDS to cooperate with the state government in the struggle to eradicate the deadly scourge.
This was disclosed during an advocacy meeting with Future Assured and National Agency for the control of AIDS (NACA) at the state Agency for the control of AIDS in Ibadan .
Dr.(Mrs) Ajimobi, who was represented by the wife of the deputy Governor Mrs. Janet Adeyemo, said that HIV /AIDS was the leading cause of mortality among women in this age group, adding that every day about 1,000 children under age of 15 years acquire HIV infection.
“I want to thank the team from Future Assured and NACA for choosing Oyo State as one of the target states for this high level advocacy and support in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS ,” she said
Mrs. Ajimobi stated that SACA, Ministry of Health and all the partners and networks in the state have been doing a lot of work to achieve commendable results in the general fight against the menace of HIV/AIDS.
She also said that curbing mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS would reduce the incidence of the infection in the state and that is why they recently started engaging the traditional birth attendants as vanguards
The governor’s wife assured the visiting team of the commitment of this administration to the HIV/AIDS that State would give their support in successful implementation of the May 2018 Maternal and Child weeks.
Earlier in her address, wife of the President, Mrs. Aishat Buhari, who was represented by Mrs. Tessy Amina hinted that the president’s wife is always passionate about the maternal and child health.
She pointed out that Mrs Buhari’s Aishat Buhari Foundation (ABF) is set to provide adequate healthcare system for the women and equally made child health a priority, advising the concerned stakeholders to wary of contraction of HIV AIDS.
In her key note address, the Assistant Director of the gender human right and care support cervix National Agency of control AIDS (NACA), Mrs. Yinka Falola said they wanted people of Oyo Sate to know that globally it is possible to prevent transmission of HIV form mother to a child .
She called on stakeholders from the state Ministry of Health ,state Primary Health development agency,OYSACA,the Civil society groups, community level including people society leading with HIV to work together and ensure that prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS was eradicated.
“We also want to expand it to everywhere through the MNCH week ,the Federal Government will put forward to improve child maternal health in the country .” she said.