To commemorate World AIDS Day in Enugu, Obiajulu Princess Ugwu, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Enugu State House of Assembly, has urged individuals living with HIV/AIDS to take their treatment and medications seriously.
She emphasized the importance of managing the disease and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
In a statement released on Friday, Ugwu expressed solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS and encouraged them not to lose hope in their daily struggle against the disease. She highlighted that Enugu State currently has 3,736 people living with HIV/AIDS, with a 1.9% HIV-positive prevalence rate. However, she noted that the state government has made significant progress in reducing the prevalence rate from 5.1% in 2010 to 4.9% in 2017.
Ugwu assured that the government will continue its efforts to make Enugu AIDS-free by providing necessary logistics, funds, and medications. She also stated that the current Assembly is prepared to enact laws to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS from stigmatization and discrimination, if required.
The lawmaker urged those with the disease to visit hospitals and adhere to their anti-retroviral drug regimens. Additionally, she advised others to get tested for HIV to be aware of their status and prevent the transmission of the disease.
Ugwu emphasized the importance of collective action in the fight against HIV/AIDS, expressing the belief that together, lives can be saved and a return to the early days of the pandemic can be prevented.