From FATIMA IBRAHIM, Gombe
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has celebrated the drop in HIV prevalence from 3.4 % in 2014 to 1.3 % in 2019 and assured commitment towards achieving the target of ending the epidemic by 2030.
Yahaya stated this in a goodwill message to commemorate the Day issued and signed by his Senior Special Assistant, media and publicity, Mr. Ismaila Misilli on Sunday in Gombe.
“Today, we celebrate the drop in HIV prevalence in Gombe State from 3.4% in 2014 to 1.3% in 2019.
“This great achievement was a result of our collective hard work and commitment; let me appreciate the contributions of our State Government’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating organ, GomSACA,” he said.
Yahaya also acknowledges the contribution of the various communities in the fight against the disease, donor and implementing partners, Civil society groups, traditional and religious leaders, health workers, the press, and other groups.
He said his administration remains committed towards optimal control of HIV and achieving the target of ending the epidemic by 2030.
Yahaya, however, said that all stakeholders must remain focused as we approach the finish line of this important race against HIV and AIDS.
“The theme of this year’s commemoration, ‘communities make the difference’, we must align our activities with our communities and continue to strategically target all Key populations across the state with HIV and AIDS control difference,” he said.
He urged the stakeholders not relent as the fight against HIV and AIDS is not over until we get to Zero prevalence in Gombe state.