Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) President, Ahmed I. Yakasai, has urged Nigerians to check their health status, stop stigmatisation against HIV/AIDS patients and show love to them.
Yakasai stated this at this year’s World AIDS Day.
Quoting the UNAIDS, Yakassai said last year, Nigeria had 220,000 new HIV infections and 160,000 AIDS-related deaths.
‘’There were 3,200,000 people living with HIV in 2016, among which 30 percent were accessing antiretroviral therapy. Among pregnant women living with HIV, 32 percent were accessing treatment or prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV to children. An estimated 37,000 Children were newly infected with HIV due to mother-to child transmission. Among people living with HIV, approximately 24 percent had suppressed viral loads.
“The Key populations most affected by HIV in Nigeria are: Sex workers, with an HIV prevalence of 14.4 percent; Gay men and other men who have sex with men, with an HIV prevalence of 23 percent and people who inject drugs, with an HIV prevalence 3.4 percent,” he added.
Yakasai said everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, has a right to health, which is also dependent on adequate sanitation and housing, nutritious food, healthy working conditions and access to justice.
He said: “The right to health is the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, as enshrined in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This includes the right of everyone, including people living with and affected by HIV, to the prevention and treatment of ill health, to make decisions about one’s own health and to be treated with respect and dignity and without discrimination.”
He explained that the #myrighttohealth campaign focused on the right to health, which explored the challenges people.
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