Gombe state Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has again reiterates his administration’s commitment to provide a Health system that will be responsible to the health of the citizens of the state.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya was speaking through the Secretary to the State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi when members of the Civil Society For HIV/AIDS CISHAN paid an Advocacy Visit at the Government House.
He said, Health is one of the focal point of the present administration which comprises issues relating to HIV/AIDS saying Government is doing everything necessary to contain the spread of the virus and to provide treatment to those already infected.
Njodi stated that one of the measures put in place by government was a compulsory test for HIV/AIDS before a marriage can be contracted saying the measure has help in containing the spread of the HIV Virus.
The SSG said the State Government under the leadership of Governor Inuwa Yahaya is committed to providing quality Health Services to the people as the sector remains one of its main focus.
“When we come into office, what the Governor keeps on telling me is that people always talk of Education forgetting the imperative Health which is the enabler for one to go to school and perform other social activities.
He said religious leaders in Gombe state have key into Government policy where couples must present HIV/AIDS test certificate before they can be join in marriage and assured of the state Government patronage of the new self testing kits.
Th team lead of Civil Society for HIV/AIDS CISHAN Walter Uguocha had informed the SSG that they were in Gombe state, to Flagg off the campaign for the use of the HIV self testing kit in the Northeast region and to seek for the support of the state government, to reach out to the people.
The team lead who gave free samples of the HIV self testing kit to the SSG, also administered to himself the rapid test to demonstrate how safe, easy and confidential it is.
He said the self test kit has reduced the number of people going to the hospital to seek for HIV testing, there by reducing the fear of stigmatization.
CISHAN together with GomSACA have commenced advocacy in Gombe, hoping to enlighten the puplic on the use of the HIV self testing kit, been the latest technology in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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