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CSOs express worry over neglect of people living with HIV/AIDS

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Following the withdrawal of funding by international donors to keep HIV/AIDS patients alive and to fight the scourge in the country, Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, have expressed worry over government’s failure to bring succour to people living with HIV/AIDS.
This was made known at a press conference held in Abuja by the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, CiSHAN, in collaboration with Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, NEPWHAN, and National Youth Network on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, NYNETHA.

Chairman, Governing Council, CiSHAN, Dr Remi Obinatu, in his welcome address said the health and life of over 3 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the country have been placed under serious risk and possible spread of the deadly virus.

Also in his presentation, National Coordinator, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, NEPWHAN, Victor Omoshehin, said their fate hangs in the balance.

The CSOs also urged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently give attention, commitment and release of reasonable funding to fight HIV/AIDS in Nigeria to meet the 2030 eradication deadline and recommended that for the eradication to be possible like for the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, local production of ART drugs and HIV test kits should commence, making it mandatory for all tiers of government to start funding expansion and inclusion of people living with the virus in the National Health Scheme.

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