HIV/AIDS: Women Call For Urgent Steps To End The Stigmatization Against HIV Positive Persons
By Iheme Kelechi 9 days ago
The Head of Medical Records Department, Womanhood School of Health Science, Kaduna, Hajiya Fatima Abdulmumin, has urged Nigerians to forthwith stop the discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS in the society.
She made this request at an event organised to sensitise Nigerians on the HIV/AIDS disease, ahead of the International AIDS Day, on Thursday in Kaduna State.
“Discrimination is the major killer of the victims, not the disease, so we should always give them a sense of belonging,” she stressed.
Hajiya Fatima also advised Nigerians to go regularly for screening to know their HIV/AIDS status, indicating that doing so would enable those diagnosed with the disease early enough to seek appropriate treatment and counselling and manage their health adequatelyRelated: Monkeypox Infection Traced To Nigeria Causes Ripples In London
In her own contributions, Hajiya Aisha Usman, who is also HIV positive, called for more support to people living with HIV/AIDS, adding that people should not see HIV as a death sentence, but as any other disease.
“Don’t be afraid of the positive patients, we should change the narrative by giving them support, we should change our mode of thinking, let’s save lives,” she said.
She went ahead to call on wealthy individuals and other community leaders to support orphans of HIV/AIDS victims, adding that “we should also look at the impact of HIV/AIDS on our women because most of them are widows.”
In his remarks, Pastor Yohanna Buru of Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation, who spoke on biblical perspective of stigmatization, said it was against the teachings of Christianity to discriminate against people in distress.
“The Bible says we should be our brothers keeper, when your brothers are mourning you should mourn with them,” he said.
She highlighted that the Church has provided various machinery to encourage and help HIV/AIDS victims, and also discourages premarital sex and other illicit activities.