People liv­ing with HIV/AIDS protest in Taraba

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Jalingo

People Liv­ing With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Taraba State yes­ter­day staged a peace­ful protest over their in­abil­ity to ac­cess Anti Retro­vi­ral (ARV) drugs due to the on­go­ing strike by doc­tors at the Federal Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Jalingo. State Co-or­di­na­tor of PLWHA, John­son Abra­ham, who led his mem­bers to protest at the premises of the Federal Med­i­cal Cen­tre Jalingo, said the fa­cil­ity where they usu­ally ac­cess their drugs at the cen­tre has been closed down due to the on­go­ing strike by doc­tors.

He lamented that the luke­warm at­ti­tude of the Taraba State govern­ment to­wards the plight of Per­sons Liv­ing With HIV/AIDS was the ma­jor rea­son for the spread of the dis­ease.

He said the preva­lence rate which used to be 5.8 per cent has in­creased to 10.5 per cent, adding that the sit­u­a­tion will get out of hand if dras­tic steps are not taken by the rel­e­vant author­ity.

“The Taraba State govern­ment should be blamed for the in­crease in preva­lence rate in the state; the is­sue of clients suf­fer­ing from tak­ing the re­fill of their ARV cuts across all fa­cil­i­ties in the state. Govern­ment is not con­tribut­ing any­thing to HIV/AIDS in the state. Ad­vo­cacy car­ried out to sen­si­tize the pub­lic has be­come a mi­rage. We have done ad­vo­cacy and ad­vo­cacy has failed”, he said.

He ap­pealed to the man­age­ment of the Federal Med­i­cal Cen­ter to as a mat­ter of ur­gency re­solve their in­ter­nal cri­sis so as to al­low PLWHA ac­cess their drugs, adding that “Per­sons tak­ing the drugs are not sup­posed to de­fault.”

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