OYSACA CHARGES OYO STATE GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE THE STATE HIV/AIDS ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW

The Oyo State Agency for the Control of Aids has implored the state government to take stringent action against people, organizations and religious bodies that stigmatizes against people living with HIV and AIDS in the state calling it unlawful.

The executive secretary of OYSACA, Mr. Obatunde Oladapo disclosed this yesterday in Ibadan during a press briefing held to announce the scheduled plans set aside to commemorate this year’s World Aids Day with the theme “Right to Health, Making it Happen”.

Mr. Obadapo said stigmatization remains a big barrier for people affected with the HIV to access test, good treatment and live a normal life, while, putting the chunk of the blame on the level of knowledge of the masses.

He said stigmatization of the affected people remains an offence under the Oyo state law that protect the dignity of people living with or are affected by HIV or AIDS and other matters connected therewith.

However, he implored residents of the state to do their HIV screening, while engaging in lifestyles that would not put them at risk of the disease.

Credit: Olufemi Ojo