Info Boss Tasks Media On Control Of HIV/AIDS Surge
By Pioneer Team
October 30, 2020
The commissioner for information and strategy
has charged media practitioners in the state to create
geared at the control of HIV/
AIDS surge in Akwa Ibom
Comrade Ini Ememobong
stated this recently in Uyo at a
meeting organized by Akwa
Ibom State Agency for the
Control of HIV/ AIDS
(AKSACA) in collaboration
with Family Health International (FHI) 360) in Uyo for
media practitioners in the state.
According to him, there was
need for media practitioners in
the state to consciously create programmes that will guide
the public in joining the government to fight the prevalence
of HIV/AIDS among the
people of Akwa Ibom Represented by the director
of technical services in the ministry, Mrs. Blessing Urua, the
state information boss reiterated that, jingles, magazine
programmes, features and
commentaries, can be fashioned by media representatives towards stemming the
tide of HIV/AIDS and urged
participants to make useful
contributions in this regard at
In his opening address, the
project manager, AKSACA, Dr
Igbemi A. Igbemi, urged journalists to be factual in their reportage on HIV, as the state
was making impressive
records on the control of the
He stated that although the
prevalence rate in the state still
remained at 5.5 per cent based
on the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator Impact Survey (NAIIS)
rating of 2018 , the percentage has reduced from the previously 10.8 per cent.
Addressing the participants,
the state director, FHII- 360, Dr.
Kolawole Olatunbosun maintained that HIV/ AIDS has
come to stay like any other disease.
He noted that the role of the
media in enhancing the success in the fight against the
disease is very important now
than ever; that health education, public enlightenment and
awareness are crucial to the
implementation of the intervention strategies.
According to Olatunbosu,
HIV was not a death sentence
as was perceived in the mind
of people rather one can live a
normal life if those infected can
strictly adhere to their drugs
regime which has been simplified to one tablet a day.
Also speaking, the deputy
director technical, Strengthening Integrated Delivery of
HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS),
Dr Pius Nwanokoro, hinted
that FHI 360 has been implementing testing and counseling in 21 local government areas in Akwa Ibom.
He said through the intervention they have been able
to decentralize distribution of
drugs to people in the hinterlands through health centres
and patent medicine dealers
already existing in the communities.
Nwanokoro informed that
they have been conducting
training for the traditional birth
practitioners and supporting
them with disinfectants and
gloves to reduce the spread of
HIV/AIDS among pregnant
women who patronized them.
Nwanokoro also stated that
as part of their intervention in
the state, they conducted cervical cancer test for their clients to reduce death rate
among pregnant women and
have succeeded in the reduction of transmission of HIV/
AIDS from mother to child
The meeting was well attended by journalists from different media houses, staff of
AKSACA, FHI -360 and Network of People.