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Organisations to pay N1.5m for HIV/AIDS stigmatizing, discrimination

Head of Anambra State Aids Control Agency (NACA), Mr Johnbosco Nkem Ementa, has stated that any organization found stigmatizing and discriminating against people living with…

Head of Anambra State Aids Control Agency (NACA), Mr Johnbosco Nkem Ementa, has stated that any organization found stigmatizing and discriminating against people living with HIV/AIDS in the state would pay a penalty of N1.5 million.

He also said that any individual found stigmatizing and discriminating against people living with HIV/AIDS would be fined the sum of N500,000.00.

He disclosed this during a two-day stakeholders’ meeting on the fight against HIV/AIDS in the state on Friday.

According to him, there is a 2014 HIV& AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act, which has not been domesticated in Anambra State.

He said that the state would soon send a Bill to the State House of Assembly to domesticate the law.

He said the government has pegged a fine of N1.5m for organizations, firms and corporate bodies and the sum of N500,000 for individuals or imprisonment for a period not less than one year or both.