The Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency (NASACA) has advocated for an effective collaboration with the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for an increase in budgetary allocation towards achieving effective implementation of the state’s anti-stigmatisation law.
The Executive Director of NASACA, Dr. Ruth Bello, made the appeal when the agency paid a courtesy visit to the assembly’s Committee on Health in Lafia.
Dr. Bello said increasing budgetary allocation for HIV/Aids would not only tackle stigmatisation, but would also tackle the menace of the disease in the state.
She disclosed that in 2020 alone, out of the 22,000 HIV positive persons in the state who were not on drugs, the agency had succeeded in tracing and placing back on drugs over 15,000 of them.
She thanked the committee members for being up and doing in supporting the activities of the agency and appealed for more funding in the fight against the spread of HIV/Aids in the state.
The committee assured the agency of adequate support to succeed.